Newswise: Mapping disease outbreaks in urban settings using mobile phone data

Newswise: Mapping disease outbreaks in urban settings using mobile phone data. “Researchers from EPFL and MIT have shown that human mobility is a major factor in the spread of vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue even over short intra-city distances. In a paper published in Scientific Reports, the team compares different mobility models and concludes that having access to mobile phone location data can prove crucial in understanding disease transmission dynamics – and, ultimately, in stopping an outbreak from evolving into an epidemic.”