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Google Dengue Trends launched to track dengue outbreaks in India and other countries

Google has created Google Dengue Trends, a precautionary
system to monitor dengue-related search terms in Bolivia, Brazil, India,
Indonesia and Singapore. According to the company, this service can develop an
early-warning system.

Google has created Google Dengue Trends, a precautionary
system to monitor dengue-related search terms in Bolivia, Brazil, India,
Indonesia and Singapore. According to the company, this service can develop an
early-warning system.

Google can track the dengue fever hubs by monitoring search
patterns and help the heath officials prepare for outbreaks. Online
surveillance over dengue-related search by users in Bolivia, Brazil, India,
Indonesia and Singapore “Using the dengue case count data provided by
Ministries of Health and the World Health Organization, we’re able to build a
model that offers near real-time estimates of dengue activity based on the
popularity of certain search terms,” writes Google software engineer
Vikram Sahai in the company blog. Google developed an early warning system for
flu outbreak by keeping track of users searching for information about the
virus in 2009.

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