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Researchers Use Social Media To Monitor Spread Of Ebola

Foreign Policy: Can Social Media Help Contain Ebola?
“As Ebola spreads, some epidemiologists are beginning to analyze those traces to guess where outbreaks might occur. They’re not only gathering data from diseased neighborhoods and hospitals. They’re also using sources like flight data, Twitter mentions, and cellphone location services to track the disease from afar. Researchers, in short, are sifting through the detritus of mobile lives to map the spread of an unprecedented outbreak…” (Engler, 9/4).