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With a handy app, Brazilians hope to fight dengue

Published on Jun 16, 2014 11:19 AM
A municipality agent tests areas infested with mosquitoes to prevent dengue fever from spreading on June 14, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

NATAL, Brazil (AFP) - While World Cup referees finally have goal-line technology to prevent mistakes, doctors in Brazil will soon have their own computer gizmo to contain dengue outbreaks.

In the tropical northeastern city of Natal, a new smartphone application could allow residents to alert authorities about the location of concentrations of mosquitos and cases of dengue with the touch of a finger.

The app was developed by university researcher Ricardo Valentim in collaboration with epidemiologist Ion de Andrade, who works for the Natal city council.

"If someone identifies dengue, they pinpoint it on the (application's) map and that allows us to see where it is developing and to react immediately to stop it spreading," Mr Andrade said.

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