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Social Media Disease Surveillance by Sickweather.com: Almost Like Cold, Flu or Virus Cloud Radar

Mon November 11 2013 5:32 pm  http://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=67242
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Would you like to have a jump on sickness breakouts. Sickweather.com monitors publicly shared information on social media websites and creates a map overlay for illnesses and symptoms, such as flu, nasal congestion, strep throat, pneumonia, norovirus, stomach flu, and more.

Checking today, there is flu, sore throat, and strep throat, but there is no stomach flu or norovirus indicated on the map.

Also, Sickweather allows its members to report directly to their map database and forecast anonymously via their input field under “How Are You Feeling Today?”

Simply tell us how you feel and we’ll do our best to match it to our most relevant forecasts. If enough people report symptoms or illnesses that Sickweather isn’t tracking, that information will be processed by their algorithm to automatically make suggestions for expanding tracking capabilities in the future.

Sickweather connects with Facebook and Twitter to share posts with friends.

Disease surveillance is an epidemiological practice that has recently changed by Google and social monitors, such as Sickweather which monitor the spread of disease is by checking on search hits for Google or sick mentions for Sickweather. The main role of disease surveillance is to predict, observe, and minimize the harm caused by outbreak, epidemic, and pandemic situations, as well as increase knowledge about which factors contribute to such circumstances. A key part of modern disease surveillance is the practice of disease case reporting.

Internet and communication technology has helped the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health to report outbreaks and epidemics in hours instead of days later.

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Google.org/flutrends

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