GISinc Launches Solution to Help Track, Control Zika Outbreaks

Company’s New Web-Based Outbreak Surveillance and Control Solution
Utilizes Location Technology to Ensure Timely Control and Communication
to At-Risk Populations

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#GISincGISinc,
an industry leader in GIS and location technology solutions for the government
and commercial
sectors, is providing government and health organizations with a
powerful proactive mosquito surveillance and control solution with
today’s launch of its Outbreak
Surveillance and Control (OSC
) solution.

GISinc’s innovative OSC solution is a powerful web-based solution that
enables users to visualize infectious disease outbreaks to improve
communication and decrease relative risk to the population. Utilizing
location technology to enhance biosurveillance initiatives, such as
tracking mosquito populations that can transmit viruses like Zika,
dengue fever, yellow fever, and West Nile, OSC leverages data from a
variety and range of sources to display the locations of outbreaks of
vector-borne diseases via a website or mobile device.

By combining information from multiple sources into a single map which
is easily accessible via a browser or mobile devices, OSC arms critical
stakeholders with the decision support required to take action to reduce
relative risk in their neighborhoods. OSC empowers organizations to make
location-based decisions that help them to engage citizens, streamline
field operations, conduct surveillance on mosquito populations, plan and
record treatment operations, and ensure timely communications and
control to affected and at-risk populations.

“Zika is the first vector-borne disease that has been proven to cause
birth defects, so the ability to track mosquito populations and
outbreaks in high-risk communities is critical to protecting the health
of unborn babies and other at-risk individuals,” explained Dr. Gavin
Macgregor-Skinner, GISinc Health Solutions Consultant and global expert
in infectious disease control. “Because Aedes aegypti and Aedes
albopictus
mosquitoes have a flight range of less than 200 yards,
the adults spend their lifetime in or around houses where their eggs
were laid and the risk area of mosquitoes spreading disease is very
localized. The ability to visualize where mosquitoes live and resulting
disease outbreaks on a map is key to reducing the spread of the disease,
alleviating panic and anxieties, and reducing overall risk to the
community.”

“Controlling and eradicating fast-moving vector-borne diseases such as
Zika takes out-of-the-box thinking and innovative solutions,” stated
Wendy Peloquin, account manager at GISinc. “By combining our 25 years of
experience in GIS and location-based technology with biosurveillance
data collected from a variety of sources, we have developed a powerful,
intuitive solution that can provide governments, healthcare
organizations, and the public with the information they need to control
the spread and reduce the risk of infection from vector-borne diseases.
GISinc is going to do whatever we can, using location-based decision
making, to help women avoid Zika virus infections during pregnancy.”

State and city governments interested in deploying the GISinc OSC
solution to control outbreaks in their communities can visit www.gisinc.com/zika
or email health@gisinc.com for
more information.

About GISinc

Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, GISinc is an award-winning GIS
professional services firm with offices located throughout the United
States. For more than 25 years, GISinc has delivered customer-driven
location technology solutions to federal, state and local governments
and commercial organizations. Through its broad portfolio of
award-winning solutions and services, GISinc enables its customers to
gain insight through location technology.

For more information about GISinc, visit www.gisinc.com.

Contacts

Integrity Public Relations, Inc.
Ken Hagihara
Media Relations
Representative for GISinc
ken@integritypr.net
949-768-4423
ext. 801