US orders real-time global disease outbreak feed

DHS-LogoThe US Department of Homeland Security is looking to have a real time feed tracking outbreaks of infectious diseases around the world.
While not coming out and stating that they are preparing a tracking system to monitor the zombie apocalypse, when you look at their requirements and read between the lines, it becomes obvious they are getting ready for the inevitable.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking for a system that will have the following abilities:
Track outbreaks of infectious diseases
Track incidents in both humans and animals
Hourly updates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
Aggregate from international sources into a single feed
Able to handle large volumes of data, with a minimum of 25,000 open online sources to start
RSS Feed and Email delivery options
Details to include time and place
Multi-lingual incident tracking from news releases, including English, Spanish, Frech, Russian and Chinese, all to be translated to English

Small businesses are encouraged to bid for this government contract.

From the government solicitation that was realeased, “The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)… requires a real-time, open source, bio-surveillance data feed to support mission objectives of providing earlier warning and enhanced situational awareness for biological threats of national concern.”

The news that this system had not already been developed and in place years ago was surprising and dissappointing to those we interviewed.
Dr. Scholls, well known podiatrical bio-hazard specialist was among them and was outraged that such a crucial system was only now being developed.  “This government is operating with two left feet.  We have had a real time bio-surveillance system in place for years, tracking fungal infections by shoe type, activity and more.  And let me tell you, teenager’s running shoes may bring down society, but the DHS wouldn’t know it.  Not unless they smelled it because they don’t have any other system in place!”

Also weighing in was Dr. Pepper.  “The soda industry has had a long history with bio-surveillance tracking systems going back, in fact, to 1978.  How do you think we were able to track who was a pepper?  I’m a Pepper, he’s a Pepper, She’s a Pepper, we’re a Pepper.  In fact, wouldn’t you like to be a pepper too?”

For more information on the government solicitation, visit the US Department of Homeland Security Office of Health Affairs site at the following link:

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