Websites Track the Spread of Ebola

These websites are helping to track and predict the spread of the Ebola Virus
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Medical specialists study the deadly disease in the European Mobile Lab |Photo by European Commission DG ECHO via Flickr

As the Ebola Virus continues to spread rapidly throughout West Africa, with cases also being reported around the world, clinicians, governments and humanitarian organizations fighting the Ebola virus are now turing to online resources that range from clinical guidelines for health care workers to websites that crunch, map and display data on the spread of the disease in West Africa.

Defenseone.com provided numerous websites that you can visit to track the spread of ebola including:

ReliefWeb– launching in 1996, this site stands out as the largest humanitarian information portal in the world, covering disasters worldwide. Operated by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, ReliefWeb gathers information from 4,000 sources filtered by an editorial team working in three time zones. The West Africa section focuses on Ebola in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal, with daily country-by-country updates on the spread of the disease and regional response plans.

Health Mapan Internet-based global infectious disease intelligence site, graphically displays West Africa Ebola cases in a timeline going back to the start of the outbreak. The site also projects its future spread.

Humanitarian Open Street Map: this site is a U.S. based nonprofit, which over the past six months, said it has mapped 8 million objects; more than 90,000 kilometers of roads; 650,000 buildings; and 20,000 place names in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone after being asked by Doctors Without Borders to apply geographical information system techniques to epidemiology management.

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Medbox: a new website started by Medical Mission Institute Würzburg, in partnership with a number of other German relief organizations that provides clinical information to help fight diseases. Its Ebola toolbox offers a pocket guide for front-line health care treating patients as well as laboratory procedures and a guide on how health care workers can avoid exposure to the disease.

CDC: The Center for Disease Control has set up an Ebola portal currently focused on the two reported cases in Texas. 

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