Geographic Mapping of SARS. Maged N Kamel Boulos PhD , MSc, MBBCh School for Health/ Institute of Health & Medicine University of Bath Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY, UK E-mail: [email protected]
Maged N Kamel BoulosPhD, MSc, MBBCh
School for Health/ Institute of Health & Medicine
University of Bath
Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY, UK
E-mail: [email protected]
Based on: Kamel Boulos MN. Geographic Mapping of SARS. Presented at the “Epidemiology: A Spatial Perspective” meeting organised by Telford Institute of Environmental Systems with the backing of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society, University of Salford, Greater Manchester, UK, 17 June 2003 [http://www.ties.salford.ac.uk/epimeet/meeting.htm]
Revision 3 (28 June 2003)
On 29 March 2003, Dr Carlo Urbani, an expert on communicable diseases, died of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Dr Urbani was the first World Health Organization (WHO) officer to identify the outbreak of this new disease, in an American businessman who had been admitted to a hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam. Because of his early detection of SARS, global surveillance was heightened and many new cases have been identified and isolated before they infected hospital staff.
Dr Urbani’s Photo and Text Source: WHO
Dr Carlo Urbani(born 19 October 1956; died 29 March 2003)
A medical staff member takes the temperature of a passenger at Hong Kong International Airport.
SARS Coronavirus. Source: Department of Microbiology, the University of Hong Kong and the Government Virus Unit, Department of Health, Hong Kong SAR China.
< Dr. John Snow (1813-1858), a legendary figure in the history of public health, epidemiology and anaesthesiology
See: Kamel Boulos MN, Roudsari AV, Carson ER Health Geomatics: An Enabling Suite of Technologies in Health and Healthcare (Methodolical Review).J Biomed Inform2001, 34(3):195-219 - URL: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/jbin.2001.1015]
Generated using CDC Epi Map 2000 for Windows, a public domain package that can be downloaded from [http://www.cdc.gov/epiinfo/]
Examples of frequently-updated SARS datasets on the Internet
MapAsia’s provincial SARS distribution map of China shown above adopts a dichromatic choropleth scheme with graduated provincial pie charts depicting the relative numbers of discharged/under treatment/ dead cases in affected provinces.
Sunday Communications Ltd [http://www.sunday.com/]
The site is powered by ESRI’s ArcIMS.
See also: Terje Midtbø. Visualization of the temporal dimension in multimedia presentations of spatial phenomena. In: Jan Terje Bjørke and Håvard Tveite (Editors). Proceedings of ScanGIS'2001 - The 8th Scandinavian Research Conference on Geographical Information Science, 25-27 June 2001, Ås, Norway. Ås: Department of Mapping Sciences, Agricultural University of Norway. 2001; 213-224 [http://www.nlh.no/conf/scangis2001/papers/33.pdf]