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Infectious disease research gets boost from websites, blogs, social media

from Penn State University

A team that includes Penn State University biologist Marcel Salathé is developing innovative new systems and techniques to track the spread of infectious diseases, with the help of news websites, blogs and social media. An article by Salathé and colleagues from the Harvard Medical School, published recently in the online issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, describes the advantages and challenges of "digital epidemiology" — a new field of increasing importance for tracking infectious disease outbreaks and epidemics by leveraging the widespread use of the Internet and mobile phones. more

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