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Projects Use Twitter to Track Illness Outbreaks

HealthMap: Social Media tools like HealthMap have been used to track disease outbreaks and emerging public health threats for a while. They just released v5.0

Foodborne Chicago:  In April, “Smart Chicago”, a civic organization, launched “Foodborne Chicago” to search Twitter for posts on possible food poisoning cases in the Chicago area.  When a tweet is identified, Smart Chicago sends a tweet to the poster that includes a link to a form from the City of Chicago to report the incident.

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