GIS, remote sensing key to battling vector-borne diseases during monsoon: experts

Updated: Sep 27 2023 2:11PM

By Rituparna Palit

New Delhi, Sep 27 (PTI) Mapping flooded areas and stormwater drain networks using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing technology can assist in preventing vector-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria, which surge during the monsoon every year, say experts.

Flooding can create conditions favourable for mosquito breeding, particularly the Aedes mosquitoes responsible for transmitting the dengue virus.

While authorities increase measures to control disease spread during the monsoon, experts believe a robust model identifying potential hotspots can enable timely intervention and reduce dengue transmission risks in flood-prone areas.