New software to predict, even prevent outbreaks
IPOH: Computer technology has been roped in to tackle the possible spread of the bird flu disease.
The Perak Veterinary Services Department (VSD) has turned to the recently launched Spatio-Temporal Epidemiological Modeler (STEM) to predict transmission of the dreaded disease in the country as well as in the region.
STEM is an open-source software developed by International Business Machines Corp and the Eclipse Foundation.
The department hopes to create epidemiological models to show how the bird flu is likely to spread geographically over time.
It will be conducting several trial runs over the next few days to draw up definitive perimeters needed to predict the pattern of the next recurrence. “The recurrence of bird flu outbreaks since 2004 has been a worrying trend both for the poultry farmers and the general public.
Read more: New Straits Times