Tox Town- NLM.gov

I came across an easy to use, easy to learn from, & very interactive site put together by the US National Library of Medicine. The name of the site is Tox Town, and here you can pick which neighborhood you would like to learn more about (city, farm, port, town, border region, or southwest) and learn locations in those neighborhoods where potential hazardous chemicals could be.

When I visited the site I choose the town as my neighborhood, and as you can see in the picture there are various locations given and are shown where they are on the map by just scrolling over the name. If you click on a particular location for example the school, additional information is given on what toxic substances could be present. Looking at the picture, you can also see names of chemicals that could be potentially found in the town, and again scrolling over the name will show you where the chemicals are found on the map.

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This site is great for learning and helpful for all ages. Props to the NLM! Check out the site on http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/index.php

Posted by Eva Gerrits, Intern. Click here to see the site. Contact at gis@vertices.com

Map of Vaccine Preventable Outbreaks

Image The Council on Foreign Relations offers this Map of Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks. There’s a clicker to walk through the last six years and an opportunity to contribute data. There is a menu choice called “Introduction” which explains the point: This interactive map visually plots global outbreaks of measles, mumps, whooping cough, polio, rubella, and other diseases that are easily preventable by inexpensive and effective vaccines. The Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations has been tracking news reports on these outbreaks since the fall of 2008. This project aims to promote awareness of a global health problem that is easily preventable. Read the full article here. Jin Lee, Intern, gis@vertices.com

Disease Trend in Your Area

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User generated content that track and shows trend of sickness in your area. Who is sick is an interactive map that shows trending sickness within a locality, and offers the opportunity for users to discuss the symptoms with each other. It allows the users to predict their vulnerability based on their own predisposition ailments within their area.

Data Source:http://www.whoissick.org/sickness/

Renice Obure, Intern, gis@vertices.com

Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks Interactive Map

The Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations provides a Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks interactive map that displays a visual plot of the global outbreaks of measles, mumps, whooping cough, polio, rubella, and other diseases that can be easily prevented by vaccines.

Since 2008, the project has sought to promote awareness of global health problems that are easily preventable via inexpensive and effective vaccinations.

Check out the Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks interactive map!

Lisa MacCarrigan, Research Assistant, Vertices, gis@vertices.com