Tool could forecast flu outbreaks weeks in advance


A new tool could help forecast an influenza pandemic or outbreak of disease in the event of a bioterrorist attack, researchers report.

EpiFX, which researchers at the University of Melbourne and the Defence Science Technology Group developed, is already predicting the start and extent of the Australian winter influenza season, sometimes up to weeks in advance. In the event of a pandemic, it can also be used to identify an appropriate response.

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Source: Health and Medicine