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Toward Health 4.0: Big data for dealing with diseases

  • Wiku Adisasmito

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Jakarta   /   Mon, December 3, 2018   /  09:21 am
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The emergence of diseases is a complex problem that cannot be solved alone. The problem stems from the fact that they can be easily transmitted from animals to humans or vice versa, since animals and humans share the same ecosystem. As a result, animals and humans share many similar diseases and pathogens, which can infect us and cause illness. 

Until now, it has been reported that 60 percent of existing human infectious diseases are transmitted from animals (zoonotic diseases). Meanwhile, 24 percent of all human diseases are caused by environmental factors.

The solution to this global threat rests with the availability of comprehensive information and data. In general, it requires big data about diseases and the conditions of ecosystems where animals and humans live. Jonna AK Mazet and others, in a paper entitled A One Health Approach to Address Emergi...

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