Bug-trap drones could detect infectious diseases before they reach humans

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It currently takes about two weeks to tell that a disease has moved into the human population, since detection systems rely almost entirely on doctors analyzing individual patients and reporting suspicious diagnoses to health organizations. Hoping to speed up this process is Project Premonition, an autonomous drone-based system currently being developed by a team of Microsoft researchers which aims to predict infectious diseases before they infect humans. Project Premonition is currently being developed in Grenada, where researchers are using drones to collect information from microorganisms in the environment. The system aims to monitor infectious agents — such as mosquitos —…

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