When an outbreak of the H1N1 swine flu started in Mexico and the U.S. it was quickly declared to be a pandemic. The World Health Organization or WHO, reported a total of 429 deaths world wide and over 90,000 serious cases. There were limited studies that have focused on global scale analyses of pandemics. The authors of “utilizing spatiotemporal analysis of influenza-like illness and rapid tests to focus swine-origin influenza intervention” did just as the title states. They used spatiotemporal analysis in order to study patterns that emerged from the swine flu outbreaks in order to assist the prevention of future outbreaks. From the data that they could access, they found that the swine flu was very prevalent by the US-Mexico border. The maps below show the cases of illnesses and their location.
By using spatiotemporal analysis, the authors were able to gain an understanding of how swine flu traveled and where outbreaks were likely to occur. In the future it will be helpful to use this technique in real time in order to stop pandemics from spreading and predict what areas are at the highest risk.
Wilson, J. G., Ballou, J., Yan, C., Fisher-Hoch, S. P., Reininger, B., Gay, J., ... & Lopez, L. (2010). Utilizing spatiotemporal analysis of influenza-like illness and rapid tests to focus swine-origin influenza virus intervention.Health & place, 16(6), 1230-1239.
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