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Every year, three to five million individuals contract cholera. The Village Zero Project (V0P) aims to create a system that will track the spread of endemic cholera outbreaks throughout Bangladesh. Using cell phones equipped with data collection software to obtain outbreak information, V0P will create a disease propagation map in real time, which will show the geospatial proliferation of cholera and expose where outbreaks most commonly originate. With this knowledge, water and sanitation infrastructure interventions can be implemented in the most disease-prone communities, helping to mitigate the spread of infection. If successful in Bangladesh, V0P’s innovative technology may provide new hope for health in cholera-endemic, resource-limited countries worldwide.