I’m going to try to return to doing a post every Friday in which I either round up a few of the best health/medical/parenting-related stories of the past week or in which I post something about a particular piece that really caught my eye.
This week I’m posting about an incredible interactive map that allows users to explore all the outbreaks of measles, mumps, rubella, polio, whooping cough and other vaccine-preventable diseases that have occurred across the world from 2007 to 2013. Below is a screenshot, for example, of all the outbreaks in the US in 2013.
The map’s data is being tracked by the nonpartisan Council on Foreign Relations and was made possible by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which, as most know, has been very active in worldwide immunization efforts and other public health initiatives. A great story in Business Insider goes into more depth about the map and what its reporters found when they spent some time exploring it.
You can put on your amateur epidemiologist hat and explore the map yourself. You can even download data to crunch numbers yourself if you’re a data junkie. Happy exploring!