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By geotagging confirmed Ebola cases, we can better track the spread of this virus and identify trends as it spreads farther from the origin of the outbreak. We can also use this information to identify hot-spots that need the most immediate medical a

By geotagging confirmed Ebola cases, we can better track the spread of this virus and identify trends as it spreads farther from the origin of the outbreak. We can also use this information to identify hot-spots that need the most immediate medical a

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Grant commented on Geotagging Ebola Incidents - Track the Spread

Yujun, and Brian - Like Brian stated, GPS is typically accurate anywhere between 1m-10m, however I do recognize that technology is not readily available to all. I did some researching this morning and found at best in an urban enviornment triangulation is going to give accuracy up to 300' but typically in a rural area it is 3/4 of a mile. While this is not ideal, it is still better than nothing.

Samsung has also been pushing for increased smartphone penetration in Africa recently, I will see if I can get any accurate data regarding the percentage of how many of the mobile phones in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone are smart devices.

All of the countries listed above have at least one satellite-earth stations as well as varying satellite coverage, so with a small investment by aid organizations they could possibly distribute some GPS units to health workers, or even to cities and villages.