China and France are planning to set up a satellite-based positioning system to monitor how viruses such as SARS “travel” in the atmosphere. The Pasteur Institute of Shanghai, which specializes in biomedical research, will provide a task force for the project. It also plans to coordinate with various Chinese government sectors and institutes to establish the country’s first such supervision network. That includes the Ministry of Agriculture and the Resource Satellite Application Center.
This network will greatly improve public health in prevention of all kinds of infectious diseases. One institute researcher said since infectious viruses always move in the atmosphere and clouds, satellite-based research will help pinpoint their location and prevent the communication of viruses in advance. After scientists acquire information concerning climate and geology in different areas of the country, they can analyze trends in how viruses infect people and animals.