Google trends: a web-based tool for real-time surveillance of disease outbreaks.

  title={Google trends: a web-based tool for real-time surveillance of disease outbreaks.},
  author={Herman Anthony Carneiro and Eleftherios Mylonakis},
  journal={Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America},
  volume={49 10},
Google Flu Trends can detect regional outbreaks of influenza 7-10 days before conventional Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveillance systems. We describe the Google Trends tool, explain how the data are processed, present examples, and discuss its strengths and limitations. Google Trends shows great promise as a timely, robust, and sensitive surveillance system. It is best used for surveillance of epidemics and diseases with high prevalences and is currently better suited to track… CONTINUE READING
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