UI's Polgreen says social media tools supplement traditional flu surveillance

UI's Polgreen says social media tools supplement traditional flu surveillance

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Thursday, January 10, 2013
A 3-D illustration shows the structure of a generic influenza virus.  Illustration courtesy Douglas Jordan, CDC

Philip Polgreen, an epidemiologist at the University of Iowa, says that while new social media and crowdsourcing tools make it easier to track one of the worst flu seasons in a long time, such tools also have their limits and are timely supplements to traditional surveillance.

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