DATABASE: The Planet's Medical Chart

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Science  29 Sep 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5795, pp. 1861
DOI: 10.1126/science.313.5795.1861b

If you want to find out which countries recorded the most cholera cases last year or compare measles vaccination rates, drop by the Global Health Atlas from the World Health Organization. The site emphasizes communicable diseases, but its cache of health statistics covers variables as diverse as child mortality and number of hospital beds per capita. Last year, for instance, Senegal reported the most cholera cases, nearly 32,000. And Bahrain ranks highest in measles vaccination levels at 100%—versus 93% in the United States and only 80% in the United Kingdom. A library houses a host of maps, or you can use the site's data to make your own charts. Included is a map showing the breakdown of world tuberculosis cases in 2004, with red indicating the countries with the most infections.

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