Web Site Tracks Pandemic Diseases' Flight into Your Local Airport

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    Commercial air travel is one of the most prominent inventions that ushered in our contemporary globalized society. Without it, it would likely be much more difficult to spread ideas, goods and people around the world. But air travel, for all of its benefits, has helped make it much easier to spread worldwide pandemics. It does not invent epidemics (The Bubonic plague, which killed a third of human population during the fourteenth century and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918, which killed 50 million people in the early part of the twentieth century, say hello.), but it certainly made them much easier to spread.

    Because of that fact, the Transportation Research Board asked researchers from the University of Florida, Gainesville to create a web tool that could better explain the role that airplanes and airports play in transmitting diseases.

    The researchers succeeded. The tool, called VBD-AIR, went live earlier this year. Researchers used data from scheduled flights, aircraft capacity, disease risk maps and climate data to create the Online Vector-Borne Disease Airline Importation Risk tool.


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