Virus spreads across Google Earth, virtually

Biomedical researchers map the course of avian flu virus using Google Earth.

Avain flu on Google Earth Ohio State University

Biomedical researchers wanted to get a good look at the avian flu virus. And they did not turn to a super microscope. They used Google Earth instead. With Keyhole Markup Language on Google Earth scientists were able to trace the course of the disease over the past decade.

The Google Earth project animates the spread of avian flu virus. In addition the data contains information on all known strains of the evolving flu virus plus all its host organisms. So far avian flu has not proven highly contagious among humans with fewer than 300 known cases worldwide. However, medical research is watching the virus's spread and evolution.

To check out the virus virtually, you need Google Earth downloaded. Then copy this link into your browser.

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