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Computer program track outbreak of epidemics

Blue blips bloom on the computer screen, flowing across the map of metro Atlanta with the click of a mouse. Color surges through Newnan and Douglasville, Marietta and Dawsonville. It turns at Gainesville, blazing and fading though Lawrenceville, Tucker and Decatur and settling downtown in an indigo glow. If the blue blips were real, they would display the path of an epidemic as it flared across the metro area. For now, they are a display of fictional data loaded as a test into computers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But they mark the achievement of a goal the CDC has pursued since before the 2001 anthrax alerts: using technology to detect the earliest indications of a bioterrorist attack. Full Story

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