ProMED provided another great example of how GIDEON can be used to diagnose an illness in Cote d’Ivoire:
When one checks GIDEON (Global Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Network) for the clinical picture associated with contact with animals, one gets 3 main possibilities — Q fever, ornithosis, and bunyaviridae. Of the bunyaviridae family, one does think of Rift Valley fever (RVF) as consistent with this clinical picture, but the involvement of poultry rules this out, as the RVF virus does not affect avians. Gideon also gives a “1st case scenario”, where it “ignores” the geographic location of the outbreak in the event that this is a new geographic extension of an otherwise known pathogen. In this case, the GIDEON program suggested Congo-Crimean hemorrhagic fever (CCHF).