Now with phones being smart and have GPS integration capabilities, people have been using Google maps for example to locate friends and loved-ones. Applications have been developed to show you the nearest restaurant or entertainment outlets, but iPhones just took this up a notch! An iPhone application is now out that will help locate diseases near you. This can be especially helpful for public health officials and those worried to get a certain disease. Who wouldn’t be, right!

Outbreaks Near Me is a location-aware application for the iPhone based on the free HealthMap epidemiological web service, which allows users to access disease-outbreak information. But the mobile version, released today, one-ups its cord-bound counterpart: Users can contribute signs that public health trouble is afoot in what the organization is calling “participatory epidemiology.”” – Alexis Madrigal, Wired.com

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