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Early detection of contagious diseases

United States Patent

August 9, 2011
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This invention provides an electronic proximity apparatus and a surveillance method using such an apparatus for alerting individuals that are exposed to a contagious disease. When a person becomes symptomatic and is diagnosed as positive for a given contagious agent, individuals that have recently maintained a threshold proximity with respect to an infected individual are notified and advised to seek immediate medial care. Treatment of individuals in the very early phases of infection (pre-symptomatic) significantly reduces contagiousness of the infected population first exposed to the contagious disease, thus preventing spread of the disease throughout the general population.
Colston, Jr.; Billy W. (San Ramon, CA), Milanovich; Fred P. (Lafayette, CA), Estacio; Pedro (Mission San Jose, CA), Chang; John (Walnut Creek, CA)
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Livermore, CA)
10/ 375,273
February 26, 2003
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-7405-ENG-48 between the United States Department of Energy and the University of California for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.