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Dengue fever forecasting system makes use of Earth observation data
20 August 2019
Dengue fever is a viral infection transmitted by mosquitoes. "Today the disease is endemic in 141 countries, affecting 390 million people and with a global annual cost estimated at almost US$9 billion. Since 2000, there has been an increase of over 100% in the number of cases of dengue fever in Vietnam, and there is currently no system for forecasting future dengue outbreaks." according to a Space for Development article.
Through their ability to capture important insights about rainfall, temperature, humidity, and soil moisture, among other factors, Earth observation satellites could offer a way to detect early warning signs of the disease.
Image credit: Space for Development - D-Moss Consortium Meeting in Vietnam