New tool uses Google search to track dengue in real time

A team of researchers have developed an analytical tool that uses Google search data to track dengue fever quickly and correctly.

The research can help health professionals to track dengue activity in less-developed countries.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne virus that affects millions of people each year and is often difficult to keep a check with old hospital-based reporting because of lack of communication.

The study showed that using the tool AutoRegression with Google search queries (ARGO) can help provide faster dengue-related real-time alerts that can help governments and hospitals to provide safety information for travelers.

The researchers hope to improve the tool in future to track diseases on time-related scales.

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