Somalia: Tracking the spread of rinderpest is going the GIS way in Somalia. In contrast to most pastoral systems, the Somali livestock production system is oriented towards domestic trade and export with seasonal movement patterns of herds of cattle near export points.
The objective of the study is to integrate spatial mobility and other attributes with GIS and network approaches in order to develop a predictive spatial model of presence of rinderpest. The areas with high presence of the disease have been identified and mapped. This information can be highly instrumental in controlling the spread of rinderpest.
Interestingly, this methodology can be used to track and control other livestock diseases as well. The prime areas of rinderpest prominence are the Kenyan border in the north and the Ethiopian border in the south.
Source: 7th Space