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Mobile & Wireless

Mobitel supports dengue surveillance system

Friday 5 July 2013 | 04:06 CET | News
Sri Lankan mobile operator Mobitel, Colombo's Public Health Department, Nanyang Technological University, and the University of Colombo School of Computing have introduced a social media system called "Mo-Buzz" which aims to prevent dengue in and around Colombo. Mo-Buzz is a combination of a public health surveillance web application, integrated with a social media-based mobile app. In the current version, public health inspectors in Colombo will use digitised surveillance forms available on portable tablet computers to collect dengue data. With this capability, they can capture pictures of mosquito breeding sites and deliver health education to the general public. The system automatically geo-tags the surveillance forms and breeding site pictures and sends the information to the Colombo Municipal Council. In the future version, Mo-Buzz can potentially predict dengue outbreaks in advance and will enable citizens to help health authorities monitor the spread of dengue in real time using smartphones.

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Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Mobitel
Countries: Sri Lanka
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