Metabiota tracks ongoing epidemics and structures epidemic data for analysis across events. Metabiota considers an event to be ongoing if a report containing data on the epidemic has been published in the last 90 days.
Metabiota identifies epidemics by monitoring diverse reporting sources and captures data from significant events in a database. If an epidemic is detected, the characteristics of the event are evaluated to determine if the event will be included in the database. The intent of this approach is to identify high-priority events that pose a significant risk to health, and/or societal, economic, or political stability. As such, only a subset of globally occurring epidemics will be monitored and visualized on the Epidemic Tracker.
Data for high-priority events are collected, structured, and validated by Metabiota’s digital surveillance experts. The data structuring process is designed to produce the most reliable estimates possible of the distribution of reported cases and deaths over space and time, to support analysis. As such, there may be an observed delay between when cases and death data are reported and when the epidemic is initially observed. Data displayed in the Epidemic Tracker are aggregated statistics generated from more granular data available in the subscription version of Metabiota’s software suite, which contains a wide range of additional advanced analytical tools and data.
According to Epidemic Tracker, there has been a staggering number of 91,809 reported cases since the disease’s outbreak last year.