Predicting disease outbreaks in the wake of storms
Today’s Video of the Day comes from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and features a look at how scientists are working to predict the disease outbreaks that follow severe storms.
Cholera outbreaks, in particular, can occur following hurricanes, as it is a waterborne disease that can be contracted when a person consumes water contaminated with the bacteria. The effects can be debilitating and include severe diarrhea and vomiting, and can even be fatal if untreated.
But now, satellite data can help scientists create maps that assess the risk of such disease outbreaks in different parts of the globe.
Video Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center