AI-assisted strategy to fight dengue in Kerala

AI-assisted strategy to fight dengue in Kerala

The state Health Department of Kerala has decided to collaborate with Singapore University of Technology and Design to chalk out an artificial intelligence system that could predict dengue outbreaks up to three months in advance, reported the New Indian Express.

As a part of state-level dengue management protocol, the state is exploring the practicality of switching to a multi-pronged strategy in dengue control. It was during the third workshop of the ‘Government of Kerala-WHO Dengue Study 2017-19’ that the department listed out its future plans for fighting dengue.

“A marked variation in its surveillance and vector-control activities will come as part of the proposed zero dengue death initiative (ZDD),” said Dr Aravind R of the Infectious Diseases Department, Thiruvananthapuram Medical College.

“Through the ZDD, the aim is not to bring down dengue-related deaths to zero. It’s impossible. The objective is to reduce the case fatality rate in a phased manner. In this initiative, the introduction of artificial intelligence system will be of great help. Many countries had moved to the same,” he said.

Delivering a talk on ZDD Initiative and Updates in Clinical Management, Aravind said the faculty member of the Singapore University B T Balamurali had expressed his willingness to collaborate with the Health Department for devising the artificial intelligence system.

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