Researchers Develop Algorithm to Predict the Spread of Infectious Disease

Researchers Develop Algorithm to Predict the Spread of Infectious Disease jdunklee Mon, 05/09/2022 – 02:23

The past 20 years have seen numerous epidemics break out across the globe: SARS, H1N1, Ebola, Zika, and most recently, COVID-19. These diseases have impacted the lives of billions, and have caused millions of deaths around the world. A multitude of factors can cause an infectious disease to develop and spread, including climate and poor sanitation, but even with knowledge of these factors it is difficult to predict when outbreaks will occur. Using previous research on the prediction of cholera outbreaks, however, researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) have developed algorithms that can predict the spread of infectious diseases from a local to global scale. 

Early work on the prediction of infectious diseases began in the 1970s and 1980s, with the study of cholera in the Chesapeake Bay. Researchers then examined factors like water…
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