Well, here we are in the middle of what appears to be a looming, Global pandemic. So, where are you getting your information from? Perhaps more important, what maps, webmaps, and web data (WMS) portals are you consulting for information and updates?
2009 West Nile Virus Human Neuroinvasive Disease Incidence in the US
Reported to CDC as of September 22, 2009 – See more at diseasemaps.usgs.gov
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A new application for iPhone users from the MIT Media Lab provides the latest news and updates on swine flu outbreaks. The application, “Outbreaks Near Me,” builds upon the mission and proven capability of HealthMap, an online resource that collects, filters, maps and disseminates information about emerging infectious diseases, and provides a new, contextualized view of a user’s specific location – pinpointing outbreaks that have been reported in the vicinity of the user and offering the opportunity to search for additional outbreak information by location or disease.
When using the application, the user can first view hotspot locations where outbreaks have been reported – viewed on Google Map. Zooming in the user can then click on an icon to reveal more information about that specific outbreak (news items are pulled from various sources providing more context). A very cool feature is the ability for users to receive alert notifications base on user-defined criteria. For example, you can easily setup an alert to receive notices about various outbreaks for diseases like Horse sickness, swine fever, cholera, or many others. Perhaps the most useful feature is the reporting capabilities where users can submit details of outbreaks along with location information and photos.
via way of the umapper Twitter (@umapper) comes an interesting H1N1 Swine Flu influenza heat map… nice presentation using Microsoft Virtual Earth API see also direct link here