Online SARS map shows outbreak sites

Online SARS map shows worldwide cases

Corda Technologies Inc. of Lindon, Utah, has posted a map online that shows the number of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) cases worldwide.

The site, at www.corda.com/go/sars, shows the location of diagnosed cases of SARS. The online map uses Corda's OptiMap 5.0 and PopChart display software. Visitors can move a cursor over the map to read pop-up text about the number of cases in each country. The map of the United States offers a drill-down feature so visitors can view the number of cases suspected, probable or diagnosed in each state.

OptiMap pulls the data directly from a link at the World Health Organization Web site at www.who.int/csr/table/en, and from links at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site, www.cdc.gov.

People with visual impairments also can access the site. Clicking on a tiny 'd' under the map takes the visitor to a text version of the graphic, which can be read by a screen reader.

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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