Satellite aid in the prediction of hantavirus risk

To predict the risk of deadly hantavirus outbreaks throughout the world, researchers from University of Utah are using satellite images. This satellite-based study from the University of Utah found mice populations increase substantially during the year after a particularly wet season, also resulting in an increase of hantavirus infections, of which 42 percent are deadly.

The study indicates people are at greatest risk of catching hantavirus a little over a year after peaks in plant growth, and it pinpoints the best methods for measuring those peaks. The outcome provides a way for researchers to create maps showing when and where outbreaks are likely to occur.

The study was published online today in Global Ecology and Biogeography.

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Source:
www.deseretnews.com

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern

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