The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne has freely drawn a map of the areas of the world most affected by the Hepatitis E virus. The hope is that it can be used for global prevention campaigns
The spread of the disease
In Europe, China, Japan and North America, the contraction of the disease generally takes place through uncooked pork, and the consequences of this are treatable. However, in India as in Africa, Hepatitis E also contracts when it comes into contact with contaminated river water. According to the WHO, there are about 20 million cases in the world and every year 50,000 deaths are caused by this virus, with a high incidence for pregnant women.
The Artificial Intelligence Software
In order to draw up the map, the scientists fed Ai software with a series of consolidated data from 1980 to the present day concerning geo-climatic conditions, with particular attention to the micro-climate. Thanks to Machine Learning, scientists have drawn up this map of areas of high priority for urgent intervention campaigns and preventive measures. In the case of India, the need for urgent action has immediately come to the fore.