Google and GIS used In Bird Flu detection

Google and GIS used In Bird Flu detection

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California, USA, 31 May 2006: Poultry experts across the United States have switched to GIS technology to locate the position of commercial poultry flocks, feed mills and processing plants in a bid to prepare for the expected arrival of bird flu this summer.

Sherrill Davison, professor of avian medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, told Reuters that information gathered by sophisticated computer imaging will help create “buffer zones around an infected flock”. Apart from GIS, experts have also been using Google Earth to get details of locations like buildings, schools and roads near large chicken and turkey farms and production houses.