As Professor Latto discussed a few weeks ago in lecture, virtual maps (such as "Google Maps") can be very helpful in tracking disease outbreaks. I recently discovered a resource called "HealthMap," which was created in 2006. According to a blog article, HealthMap currently "mashes up with a variety of sources including ProMED-mail, the World Health Organization, EuroSurveillance, and Google News to give way to a useful world health maps mashup application."
If you look at the map, you can locate any area in the world and see if an outbreak has been noted. Below the map, you can see outbreak alerts from the past three days. This seems like a great way to stay informed about world health issues!