Health RMIT research aims to predict flu outbreaks much like we predict the weather.

RMIT research aims to predict flu outbreaks much like we predict the weather.

A study out of RMIT into the spread patterns of flu outbreaks could revolutionise how we manage and prevent the spread of the virus.

Lead investigator, RMIT University’s Professor Lewi Stone, from the School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences and a global team of scientists developed a prediction model in an effort to help prevent the between 250,000 and 500,000 global deaths caused by flu.

2,500 people die from the flu in Australia alone, with that number remaining consistent in part because it’s difficult to develop a long term plan against the constantly evolving virus – known as ‘antigenic drift’.

Predicting the spread of diseases such as the flu allows for targeted treatment and preparation in the future. In this case, Keeping Australia Clever has the added benefit of keeping Australia healthy.

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