Diseases on the move charted

Published on January 15, 2007
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Visitors to the new Web site HEALTHmap, www.healthmap.org, can pinpoint the latest outbreaks of more than 50 human and animal illnesses, from avian influenza to chikungunya fever, a mosquito-borne disease of Asia and Africa.

Created by epidemiologist John Brownstein of Harvard Medical School in Boston and software developer Clark Freifeld of Children's Hospital Boston, the site automatically picks up and charts fresh case reports and other data from sources such as the World Health Organization, Google News, and the disease alert Web site ProMED-mail.

Visitors can sort the information by disease and country and can click on the world map to summon the original reports.