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A point-of-care diagnostic for differentiating Ebola from endemic febrile diseases

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Science Translational Medicine  12 Dec 2018:
Vol. 10, Issue 471, eaat0944
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aat0944

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  • Monitoring biometric data on commercial flights
    • Carlos Polanco, Postdoctoral Researcher, Universidad Naciional Autónoma de México

    To the editor:
    Monitoring biometric data on commercial flights
    The important manuscript by Sebba and colleagues [A point-of-care diagnostic for differentiating Ebola from endemic febrile diseases, Science Translational Medicine] (1), It makes a timely review of the early detection of symptoms common to malaria and ebola virus disease.
    Signs and symptoms related to high temperature or fever are associated with different viral diseases. A possible measure for the detection of an epidemic process would be the tracking of the temperature of the users of commercial flights. This can be carried out through electronic micro-devices —on the seats, that would transmit the information in real time it would contribute effectively in the identification of an epidemic process.

    Sincerely yours,
    Carlos Polanco, Ph.D., D.Sc.
    Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México City, México.

    Carlos Polanco is an Associate Professor at the Department of Mathematics in the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México city, México. (polanco@unam.mx).

    References
    (1) Sebba et al. Science Translational Medicine 10:471; eaat0944 (2018).

    Competing Interests: None declared.