One of the things I find fascinating about the Weather Channel is that after watching it for a while, you actually start to worry about that cold front moving through some other part of the country. You become quite paranoid about things that won’t affect you. Well, I’ve got an even better way to drive yourself nuts about scary things that won’t affect you: HealthMap.org.
I’m kidding. Healthmap.org is actually really interesting–it gives you a visual representation of all of the disease outbreaks globally. You can change the dates, diseases, and locations you want to look at. It also links to the primary source of the information about the outbreak. A companion article in PLoS One describes it in more detail.
Now, about that anthrax outbreak in Vietnam, I’m very worried….