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Disease detection


A study led by SBCS's Dr Steven Le Comber, with scientists from the US and Egypt, has shown that geographic profiling (a statistical technique that uses the location of a crime to identify where a criminal may live and work) could be used to show the starting point of infection. The study published in International Journal of Health Geographics looked at the 1854 London cholera outbreak as well as a recent malarial outbreak in Cairo. Geographical profiling successfully identified the initial breeding ground for the diseases, with the cholera outbreak in London being found to have originated in a water pump in Broad Street.



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