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Posts Tagged: Toronto Star’s Foreign Desk blog

BioDiaspora predicts Hajj and Umrah as two key possible spread points for MERS coronavirus

BioDiaspora, a start-up company based on the research of company founder, Dr. Kamran Khan of St. Michael's Hospital, has identified two mass gatherings in the Islamic world as key possible spread points for the life-threatening MERS coronavirus, which emerged in the Middle East in early 2012. BioDiaspora's disease-tracking platform, which correlates uses global air traffic patterns to predict the international spread of infectious disease (as described in the original media release from St. Michael's Hospital): The first is umrah, a pilgrimage that can ... Read more

Is screening air travellers effective in containing a pandemic?

Toronto Star covers Khan's new WHO paper on H1N1 outbreak Dr. Kamran Khan, founder of BioDiaspora and an infectious disease physician and scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, is among the experts studying the emergence of the H7N9 bird flu outbreak in China and the new coronavirus in the Middle East and Europe. Global News National also covered this story on April 11, 2013. Watch Beatrice Politi and Carmen Chai's report, "Canadian scientists pioneer new formula in airport disease screening," on the Global website. The ... Read more