In 2009 a strain of H1N1 swine flu emerged in Mexico and the United States. Following the outbreak, the WHO declared the outbreak a pandemic with nearly 100,000 cases and over 400 deaths. The authors of “Utilizing spatiotemporal analysis of influenza-like illness and rapid tests to focus swine-origin influenza virus intervention” point out that addressing the spatiotemporal patterns of the swine flu is critical in assisting communities for future outbreaks, additionally data including distribution in time and space of the outbreak wasn’t technically available so the tests for the illness weren’t available. The article addresses the spatiotemporal nature of Swine Flu cases around the U.S.-Mexico border, and evaluates the patterns of the illness in the given region. Ultimately the researchers concluded that spatiotemporal analysis may be useful for understanding future outbreaks especially if used in real time.
Wilson, J. Gaines, Jessica Ballou, Chris Yan, Susan P. Fisher-Hoch, Belinda Reininger, Jennifer Gay, Jennifer Salinas, Pablo Sanchez, Yvette Salinas, and Fidel Calvillo. "Utilizing Spatiotemporal Analysis of Influenza-like Illness and Rapid Tests to Focus Swine-origin Influenza Virus Intervention." Health & Place 16.6 (2010): 1230-239. Web. 21 Feb. 2016.
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