How Satellites Are Being Used To Stop Malaria
With unpredictable weather comes destruction and a host of diseases
These past few weeks have been filled with devastation from hurricanes. A forgotten afterthought is the dangers of malaria. Malaria can be a life-threatening disease that spreads very quickly through mosquitos. With the increase of standing pools of water and humidity, mosquitoes are bound to thrive. To deal with this issue around the world, researchers are using information from NASA satellites to try to predict malaria outbreaks.
They use data to look for areas that have a certain degree of moisture in the soil and have had recent flooding or deforestation activities—all which translates to ideal mosquito breeding grounds. The presence of many humans also means outbreaks may occur. Scientists believe they can predict outbreaks with this information up to three months in advance.