infection social media

Social media has been flagged as a platform for the early detection and tracking of epidemics. But can it really replace traditional surveillance methods, ask C Raina MacIntyre and Sheng-Lun (Jason) Yan.

World health authorities dealing with potentially devastating disease epidemics must be prepared to instigate draconian containment measures like quarantining to prevent further outbreaks like China's SARS, a UNSW researcher has found.