Ebola: Can big data analytics help contain its spread?
With Ebola claiming more than 4,000 in West Africa, the BBC asked if big data analytics could help contain the virus. Datamonitor Healthcare Principal Consultant, Tim Gable, was quoted within their article.
Finding a cure?
Tim Gamble, principal consultant at Datamonitor Healthcare, believes big data analytics will also prove essential to understanding the genetics of the virus, why some strains are more deadly, and why some people seem to be more resistant to it than others.
He used to work for US pharmaceutical company Pfizer specialising in infectious diseases.
“Anti-retroviral treatment for HIV didn’t really take off until many people started to die from AIDS. I worked on Pfizer’s HIV product and we found that some populations in Scandinavia had more resistance to the disease than others.
“We were then able to develop a drug that mimicked the way those people resisted the disease,” he says.
The same approach could be applied to the Ebola virus, he believes.
In short, big data analytics is being brought to bear at all levels to combat the spread of Ebola.
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