Social Media Tracks Disease Spread
Analysis of social media and Internet news reports can enable researchers to track a disease outbreak faster than conventional medical notifications.
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Twitter snabbast med koleravarning
Social media was the fastest at disseminating information on the cholera epidemic in Haiti, according to researchers. (Translated with Google Translate)
Surveillance in Influenza “Hot Spot” in Asia Yields Worrisome Finding
As scientists around the globe carefully monitor for the emergence of new and potentially more deadly strains of influenza, one such team is reporting findings from Cambodia that raise concerns about the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic strain recombining with other strains of influenza to become more potent. The findings were published in the November issue of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Double Flu Infections Pose Risk
The bird flu virus infected several people who were also sick with seasonal flu, risking a genetic mixing of the two that could result in a greater threat.
Rapid malaria tests curb needless ACT, increase antibiotic use
This article reported on a study published online by the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene that analyzed 500,000 patient visits in Africa and Afghanistan and found that curbing the overuse of antimalarial drugs was often replaced by the overuse of antibiotics, among other things.