Monitoring high-risk areas ...
For several years now, epidemiologists have been monitoring epidemics indirectly from space. Satellite imagery provides data about the environment of disease vectors (i.e., data on geography, meteorology and hydrology) rather than actual viruses, particularly in places where conditions are conducive to epidemics.
High-resolution SPOT 5 imagery (2.5 to 10 m) is making a vital contribution to tele-epidemiology projects being led by CNES’s Exploitation and Applications department headed by Dr Antonio Güell. Medias-France*, a CNES affiliate, underpins the multidisciplinary efforts required for this type of study.
... by satellite
* A public interest grouping bringing together CNES, the IRD development research institute, Météo France, Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, CLS, Spot Image and the CNRS national scientific research centre.
** J. P. Lacaux, Y. M. Tourre, C. Vignolles, J. A. Ndione, M. Lafaye, 2006: Classification of Ponds from High Spatial Resolution Remote Sensing: Application to Rift Valley Fever Epidemics in Senegal. Remote Sensing Of Environment. Elsevier Pub. doi:10.1016.rse.2006.07.12.