Want to know where epidemics are flaring up around the world? Metabiota has the tool for you

In an effort to inform the public of the health risks breaking out all over the world (or just to scare the bejeezus out of already paranoid people) the startup Metabiota has released a free-to-use epidemic tracker for all of the outbreaks monitored publicly around the world.
The San Francisco-based company frames its tool as a public health service, given that the World Economic Forum has estimated that pandemics could cause $570 billion worth of annual losses to the global economy and that new strains of drug resistant bacteria and deadly diseases continue to proliferate.
The company even cites recent reporting around the rise of the antiseptic and drug-resistant Candida auris pathogen as a determining factor in its decision to release the tool.
“Until now, there has not been an effective way for organizations to plan for — and mobilize against — emerging health threats,” said Bill Rossi, CEO of Metabiota, in a statement. “As we saw from the impact of the Zika virus, where travel alerts correlated to significant financial losses for the hospitality industry, infectious disease events can cause a ripple effect of health and economic hardships. This tracker aligns with Metabiota’s mission to make the world more resilient to human and economic health threats by providing an open, focused and balanced view into emerging and ongoing outbreaks.”
As a general source of information, the tracker is fine, but the tool doesn’t have any granularity or the necessary level of detail that would allow users to actually make decisions based on the information Metabiota provides. For that the company will upsell you to the disease monitoring service that won it $30 million in financing four years ago.

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