About

About

HealthMap, a team of researchers, epidemiologists and software developers at Boston Children's Hospital founded in 2006, is an established global leader in utilizing online informal sources for disease outbreak monitoring and real-time surveillance of emerging public health threats. The freely available Web site 'healthmap.org' and mobile app 'Outbreaks Near Me' deliver real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases for a diverse audience including libraries, local health departments, governments, and international travelers. HealthMap brings together disparate data sources, including online news aggregators, eyewitness reports, expert-curated discussions and validated official reports, to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. Through an automated process, updating 24/7/365, the system monitors, organizes, integrates, filters, visualizes and disseminates online information about emerging diseases in nine languages, facilitating early detection of global public health threats. Download our brochure to learn more.

Alert Sources

HealthMap's content is aggregated from freely available information from the following sources. Use of their logos or trademarks by HealthMap is intended only to refer specifically to the respective service; it does not imply any endorsement or affiliation.

ProMED Mail

Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases, a program of the International Society for Infectious Diseases.

World Health Organization

The United Nations specialized agency for health.

GeoSentinel

Clinician-based sentinel surveillance of individual travelers from the International Society of Travel Medicine and CDC.

OIE - World Organisation for Animal Health

The intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving animal health worldwide.

FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

An intergovernmental organization for ensuring worldwide food quality and agricultural productivity.

EuroSurveillance

Peer-reviewed European information on communicable disease surveillance and control. Published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Google News

A commercial news aggregation service provided by Google.

Moreover

A commercial news feed aggregation service provided by VeriSign.

Wildlife Data Integration Network

A news feed from WDIN's Global Wildlife Disease News Map. WDIN is a project at the Unversity of Wisconsin - Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine.

Baidu News 新闻

A Chinese language commercial news aggregation service provided by Baidu, the number 1 search engine in China.

SOSO Info 资讯

A Chinese language commercial news aggregation service provided by the Chinese search engine Soso.

Software Tools

HealthMap is a Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP application and relies on the following open products. Special thanks to their authors.

HealthMap also uses Fisher-Robinson Bayesian filtering, as described by Gary Robinson in A Statistical Approach to the Spam Problem.

Attribution

Icons from Font Awesome by Dave Gandy