Ocean Satellite Images To Predict Next Cholera Outbreak

 The Huffington Post reported that public health researchers are using satellite images of the oceans to anticipate future cholera. Currently cholera continues to ravage parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America. Also now reportedly reaching Puerto Rico and Hong Kong this week.

According to Shafiqul Islam, an expert in environmental engineering and water diplomacy at Tufts University, NASA satellites could identify the chlorophyll abundant in phytoplankton within the Earth’s oceans. The zooplankton feed on phytoplankton and also carry the toxic bacteria.  Satellites could be used to develop prediction models that forecast cholera outbreaks two to three months in advance by looking at the Earth’s oceans.

To read the article, click here.

Source: The Huffington Post

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. sachiye@vertices.com


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