Gary Finnegan has a degree in physiology, an MSc in science communications, and has worked as a health journalist and editor for 10 years. He was a national winner at the EU Health Prize for Journalists in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Having always been interested in health, he joined the Break Dengue team to be part of a broad coalition focused on defeating a disease that affects some of the world’s most vulnerable people. As the editor-in-chief, Gary plans and prepares content for Break Dengue with the support of the editorial team.
The spread of vector-borne diseases poses a major threat to public health. But digital technologies and big data are proving to be game-changers in detecting and preventing outbreaks of diseases like dengue and Zika. Break Dengue's Gary Finnegan, Pratit Samdani, and Kamran Rafiq discuss the potential impact in this guest column.