Eric Jorge Nelson, MD, PhD, a pediatrician and cholera expert, is working to change this scenario with a smartphone app that he and his team are developing for use in places at high-risk for cholera outbreaks.
Without a detailed map, patients who contract cholera can’t tell doctors precisely where they live, making it harder for health workers to intervene quickly. That’s where Dr. Eric J. Nelson — and his digital maps — come into play.
The Cholera Outbreak Training and Shigellosis (COTS) Program, version 1.0, is a compact disc (CD)-based educational program for individuals, nongovernmental organizations, and ministries of health. Although the focus is on cholera and shigellosis, this interactive educational program provides useful basic information on the general management of acute diarrhea.