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May 30, 2006

Map update

Filed under: avian influenza — admin @ 11:09 pm

I’ve posted a quick update to the maps. Obvious things to note are the large cluster of human cases in Indonesia, widely discussed in the media, and the less obvious spread of animal outbreaks, almost entirely confined to Europe, over the past two weeks. I’ll have a detailed article on the Indonesian cluster coming out in Nature tomorrow night, and will post about that then.

A fairly hectic series of deadlines/travel is now passed, so I’m looking forward to getting out the door a series of other very interesting spare-time GIS/IT projects that have been in the works for a while. Also while I blog infrequently here, as this blog is for original content, do think about signing up to the RSS’s of my ‘thin blogs’ where I post several times daily about resources and articles of note. My thin GIS blog is here, and my avian flu one here.

Housekeeping note: comment spam has become a real problem; I had almost 500 last week alone, making it impossible to see legitimate comments . It seems there is no product for blogs like the wonderful open source SpamBayes Bayesian email spam filter, which after a bit of teaching, filters my email at almost 100% accuracy. Until I find a solution, I’m therefore forced to require a quick registration (email and name) for all comments; I’m very sorry about this, and hope you understand — comment spam, and automated blogs, are really polluting the blogosphere for us.

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