NASA Researchers Help Peru’s Government Track Malaria (VIDEO)

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Peru’s Government and NASA researchers are learning how to bring aid more effectively to malaria impacted areas.

In recent years, Peru has become the South American country with the 2nd highest rate of malaria outbreaks, according to NASA.

In response, NASA and the Peruvian government are working together to improve tracking techniques of malaria in the Amazon regions of the country.

While satellite imaging can allow scientists to identify ecological zones where outbreaks may occur, it can be difficult to confirm this with real data.

Why? People move around, and sometimes infections spread in areas where there are larger concentrations of people, but not necessarily where the person was originally infected.

Thus, researchers are working to track the movements of people related to seasonal work, vacations, and other social data. This data can allow scientists to not only identify infection areas but also to bring aid to areas where it is likely to spread before the outbreak even happens.

Malaria causes symptoms of high fever, headaches, and chills and is especially dangerous to the elderly, and young children.

Learn more in the video below:

Video Courtesy of Nasa Goddard on Youtube.

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Mike grew up and eventually attended university in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He graduated in Integrative Leadership Studies with an emphasis in Urban and Regional Planning and has been a part of planning projects in three different countries. Mike’s passion is reading; he devours both literature and nonfiction. His favorite author is Peru’s own Julio Ramón Ribeyro.