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Closing of Small Town Newspapers Impacts Tracking of Infectious Disease

A relied upon source for the tracking of infectious disease outbreaks around the country has been through reporting in local media sources and/or rumors on social media.  The wide-spread closing of small town newspapers has hindered the collection of this data.  Known as event-based surveillance, scanning this informal data source has proven to be an early detector of potential outbreaks.

Helen Branswell, a researcher at STAT, has written a whitepaper on the subject that was reproduced in Scientific American.   Check the link below for her analysis.

Read more at Scientific American.

 

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