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HHS Announces New Disease-Tracking Twitter App

Government Health IT reported that HHS said Friday that that MappyHealth won a Twitter developers’ challenge and will be “a new Web-based application tool available to public health officials.”  The competition, “Now Trending: #Health in My Community,” was sponsored by HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.  Government Health IT adds, “Currently, the top diseases being tracked by MappyHealth are the common cold, STIs, mosquito borne disease, pertussis, tuberculosis, influenza and gastroenteritis. Moreover, the top five locations for these disease-tracking tweets are São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Orlando, Chicago and Los Angeles.”

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