Storified by The Stream · Wed, Oct 26 2011 21:59:42
Google also provides a similar tool for tracking health disparities. The internet giant launched Google Flu Trends in 2008 after linking search terms with disease prevalence.
Now the company plans to use its Google Correlate technology to map dengue fever.
Small startups are also trying to get involved in the disease-mapping movement. Sickweather plans to utilise social media to share information about the spread of diseases between different communities.
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