July 24, 2013--A unique IT tool, which uses a cluster technique in data mining, the Self Oragnizing Map (SOM), has been developed to control and reduce the outbreak of mosquito-borne illnesses in India. It has been validated, and approved for implementation in five states: Gujarat, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Assam and Mizoram.
The technology, developed by Dr. U.S.N. Murthy, Chief Scientist, Biology Division, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology and his team, comprises two components--"one relating to the names of the villages and the second focusing on mosquito density, infection, infectivity and parasitic load." Using these components, mapping of villages may be done in such a way that health officials can prioritize their efforts against mosquito-borne illnesses.
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