Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Flight Risk

PostedNovember 30, 2012

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Anchor Lede: How likely is it that a rare insect-borne disease would come into your community? There’s a new website that can tell you, and help officials prepare.

Randy Atkins: The online tool calculates risk that a person carrying certain diseases – like malaria or yellow fever – is on particular flight routes.

Andy Tatum: Just choose your airport of interest, choose your disease of interest, and it will give you information on the routes of risk.

Randy Atkins: Andy Tatum, of the University of Florida, engineered the system which takes into account such things as geographic conditions conducive to a disease and locations of known outbreaks.

Andy Tatum: As new surveillance data comes out we can regularly update these maps that we’ve never had before and combine them with comprehensive flight data.

Randy Atkins: Tatum says the tool can be used to prioritize resources for treating rare diseases. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.