Mapping the Zika Virus
The Zika Virus presents a significant health risk. If you follow the news you know that several governments are now declaring states of emergency in order to mobilize their efforts. The ability to respond quickly and effectively means a world of difference to health agencies and the communities they serve, and geography and geographic information systems (GIS) technology have a significant role to play in helping to understand and deal with this threat.
The Zika Virus was first discovered in 1947, but it only recently gained global attention when Brazil declared a state of emergency. The World Health Organization has now declared the Zika Virus a global public health emergency, and environmental, public health, vector control, and other professionals are scrambling to deal with the situation. Meanwhile, several interactive story maps have already been created to help the general public understand more about this threat.