NASA data is helping experts predict cholera outbreaks •

NASA data is helping experts predict cholera outbreaks


Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Goddard explains how satellite precipitation data is helping experts to predict the risk of cholera across some regions.

Cholera is a waterborne disease that causes diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, dehydration, and sometimes even death. The bacteria that is the source of cholera, Vibrio cholerae, is particularly prevalent in the more temperate areas of the world.

A new scientific model known as GCRM accounts for the conditions that signal the threat of a cholera outbreak, including water insecurity, high temperatures followed by extreme rainfall, natural disasters, population density, and the availability of WASH – water, sanitation, and hygiene.

By Chrissy Sexton. Staff Writer

Video Credit: NASA Goddard

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