Internet Technology Tapped To Track Spread of Swine Flu


Public health officials are using a variety of technologies to track the spread of swine flu and provide updates and recommendations to the public, Healthcare IT News reports.

On Sunday, HHS declared a public health emergency in response to the increasing number of human cases of swine flu in the U.S.

CDC and the World Health Organization are posting on their Web sites up-to-the-minute information about new cases of swine flu, as well as advice on how the public and local and state officials should respond to the threat. CDC and WHO also are providing such data through an RSS feed.

In addition, CDC is posting updates on Twitter and offering podcasts on the subject.

Meanwhile, Google Maps has identified the locations of the reported cases of swine flu.

In November 2008, Google announced it would use its search engines to help CDC track the flu.

HealthMap aggregates news feeds from WHO, Google News and elsewhere to map disease outbreaks around the world. The tool also provides Twitter updates on the latest swine flu news (Monegain, Healthcare IT News, 4/27).

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