Social and news media enable estimation of epidemiological patterns early in the 2010 Haitian cholera outbreak.

@article{Chunara2012SocialAN,
  title={Social and news media enable estimation of epidemiological patterns early in the 2010 Haitian cholera outbreak.},
  author={Rumi Chunara and Jason Randolph Andrews and John S. Brownstein},
  journal={The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene},
  year={2012},
  volume={86 1},
  pages={39-45}
}
During infectious disease outbreaks, data collected through health institutions and official reporting structures may not be available for weeks, hindering early epidemiologic assessment. By contrast, data from informal media are typically available in near real-time and could provide earlier estimates of epidemic dynamics. We assessed correlation of volume of cholera-related HealthMap news media reports, Twitter postings, and government cholera cases reported in the first 100 days of the 2010… CONTINUE READING
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