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April 03, 2008

Live Blogging from KSL GIS Symposium--Breakout Session: Andrew Curtis on Yellow Fever

Andrew Curtis, GIS Research Laboratory, Dept. of Geography, University of Southern California

"Using GIS to Reveal Spatial Patterns in the 1878 Yellow Fever Epidemic of New Orleans."

Challenges for health analyses:
Lack of data
Lack of dynamic data (most events vary in both space and time)

He described the GPS/video techniques used for capturing data post-Katrina in the Holy Cross neighborhood of New Orleans.

Showed examples of medical cartography.

Showed contemporary maps from 1897 yellow fever epidemic to show mosquito distribution and cases of yellow fever in New Orleans.

Why study epidemics from the past using GIS?
1. Devlop our understanding of the event itself
2. Use the data to improve our methods of analysis/visualization
3. Look for insights into the spread of the disease.

The disease entered New Orleans almost annually. N.O. was a major trading hub. Survival of infection gave immunity. The 1878 was the most georgraphical devastating. Led to a better quarantine system.

discussion of development of GIS maps useful for the study of the epidemic.

[There was a simultaneous breakout session by Daniel Janies, PhD, Dept. of Biomedical Informatics, Ohio State Univeresity, "Genomic and Georgraphic Analysis of the Evolution and Spread of Infectious Disease"]

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Posted by tdr at April 3, 2008 03:37 PM