CDC Tracks Ebola In West Africa With Cell Phone Location Data

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It’s one of the high-tech approaches the U.S. government is piloting to stop the spread of Ebola. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking the approximate locations of cell phone users in West Africa who dial emergency call centers in an effort to predict the onset and spread of Ebola outbreaks. CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund told Nextgov on Thursday, “The data is just the number of calls by cell tower but from that you can get a rough idea of the area that the calls are coming in from, and then derive census, neighborhood data from that.”

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