Updated on 25 March 2013
Dr Sheri Lewis, program manager, Global Disease Surveillance, APL, said that, "By predicting disease outbreaks when no disease is present, PRISM has the potential to save lives by allowing early public health intervention and decreasing the impact of an outbreak. Prism is designed to help public health leaders make informed decisions, mitigate threats and more effectively protect their populations."
Dr Lewis added, "Ideally, decision-makers want to learn about a disease outbreak before it spreads, and Prism will provide them with highly accurate information to protect our military forces deployed in at-risk areas. Dengue was the starting point for our work because the data were readily available, but eventually we want to apply the methodology to other diseases, such as malaria and influenza."