Israeli technology may help detect swine flu

May 3rd, 2009 - 1:26 pm ICT by ANI  

Jerusalem, May 3 (ANI): An Israeli company has come up with a technology, entitled Bull Connect, to detect swine flu and other animal diseases before they spread.

The revolutionary technology can distantly screen the health and condition of each pig in a herd.

According to Sharon Soustiel, CartaSense’s chief operation officer, the system can detect illness and prompt isolation.

“With this technology, I can know in real time about any epidemic breakout, and I can monitor it and immediately isolate the area,” the Jerusalem Post quoted Sharon as saying.

The Petah Tikva start-up had developed the technology to look over herds of cattle, but it has been accorded a renewed significance keeping in mind the recent outbreak of swine flu in Mexico since it can also be used to monitor pigs.

Sharon explained a sensor was put on every animal’s ear that monitored its temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate and location.

Sharon said: “All of this physical information can give us in real time the information to know if the cattle is sick or not. We make a wireless network from all of the cattle.”

The product is expected to hit the market in less than a year. (ANI)

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