GIS to fight dengue epidemic in Bangkok

GIS to fight dengue epidemic in Bangkok

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Bangkok, Thailand, August 28, 2007: Authorities in Bangkok are resorting to a GIS to ease the dengue epidemic in the Thai capital. Bangkok governor Apirak Kosayodhin said, a longer rainy season and changing temperatures have favored the breeding of the mosquito that transmit the fatal disease. Since Jan. 1, there were 3,089 cases of dengue in Bangkok, four of which were fatal. The governor added the GIS will help the city officials to find critical epidemic areas and allow them to refine their focus in fighting the infections.

Almost a decade ago, the AIT along with the Department of Communicable Diseases Control, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand conducted an epidemiological and ecological study integrating remote sensing and GIS to study the relationship between vector borne disease and vegetation cover with focus on Malaria. The findings of this study should be used as a benchmark for developing stratigies to combat Dengue. To know more (Click here)