If you’ve been watching the news or monitoring Twitter trends, you’re well aware that the Zika virus has been gaining ground as a global health issue. Just a couple months ago, the first confirmed case of the virus in the United States was reported. Just yesterday, the first case in Wisconsin was reported. With the Zika virus spreading, using GIS mapping can help health professionals, policy makers, and civilians make sense of the epidemic.
Esri has mapped the history of the Zika virus, dating its discovery back to 1947 in Uganda.
From there, we can click on the interactive map to take us along the virus’s path through time. Each event worth noting is listed in chronological order, allowing us to see how the virus has traveled.as well as where it might be trending towards in the future.
For policy makers and health officials, knowing where the Zika virus has been as well as how it has spread can aid in their public outreach to educate inhabitants of threatened areas. For civilians, the GIS map allows them to be more educated on areas to avoid.