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Networking out of natural disasters

Open-source software could transform response to disease outbreaks and natural disasters.

"8 cases suspect avian influenza."
"3 in second village."
"Suspect AI outbreak in Stung Treng."
"Close access to village."
"Is school open?"
"Does anyone have a car?"

This stream of text messages was sent by health officials, field scientists, police and local villagers. They were testing a social-networking approach to tackling an outbreak during an influenza pandemic planning exercise in Stung Treng Province, Cambodia, last October