Zika virus

By Jonah Comstock 04:42 pm April 13, 2017
Nanobiosym, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based digital health company whose Gene-RADAR scanner won the Nokia Sensing X Prize a few years ago, has been granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA for its Zika Virus Test.  EUA is a special clearance pathway the FDA uses for devices that address an immediate public health crisis like Zika. Devices authorized under EUA aren’t cleared or...
04:39 pm September 28, 2016
In response to the Zika outbreak, University of Arizona's College of Public health researchers and the UA Bio Computing Facility have released a crowd-sourcing mobile app to track the disease and help detect outbreaks. The community-based disease detection system, Kidenga, allows public health investigators to both track mosquito-populations within a community and identify those experiencing Zika...
By Heather Mack 02:34 pm August 5, 2016
The 2016 Olympic Games are, defiantly, upon us. In the face of Rio de Janeiro’s questionable quality of air, water, mosquito-borne disease control, plus high crime rates, public health officials around the world are bracing for the impact. So, where safety and public health interventions end, the apps are here to fill in the gaps. Most are focused on curbing the spread of Zika virus, which has...
By Jonah Comstock 03:54 pm July 28, 2016
IBM announced this week that it will work with Brazil’s Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, a research institution affiliated with the Brazilian Ministry of Health, on a number of interconnected initiatives to combat the Zika virus. The piece that’s attracted the most attention so far is OpenZika, a project that crowdsources the computing power of many peoples’ Android smartphones. By downloading a free app...
By Heather Mack 01:11 pm July 20, 2016
The Brazilian Ministry of Health has launched an app to monitor and report symptoms of Zika virus and other known epidemics in the country. The app, Guardioes de Saude (Gaurdians of Health) will give Brazilian residents and attendees of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games – as well as the estimated 500,000 foreign visitors – the ability to help curb the spread of mosquito-transmitted diseases....