Global Illness Surveillance System

by Matt Ball on May 2, 2009


The New York Times has a feature today that discusses the illness surveillance systems of both the Center For Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Turns out both institutions had early warning signs about the swine flue outbreak in early April, and were both consulting with Mexico, at least three weeks prior to the public announcement on April 23. The feature discusses the sophistication of the system, but questions whether we benefited without earlier warning or action.

The accompanying map graphic shows the spread of the disease with an interactive timeline slider.

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