Commentary: Using Social Media and Internet Data for Public Health Surveillance: The Importance of Talking


Despite progress in public health and the biomedical sciences, infection has yet to be vanquished: vaccine-preventable diseases continue to be transmitted; pandemics occur; previously unknown pathogens emerge; contaminated foods and food products are traded and consumed; and the specter of a post-antibiotic era looms ever larger. Bioterrorism is, and will remain, a danger. Infectious disease is both a national and an international security issue and represents an important threat to human health and well-being.

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Author(s): David M. Hartley

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Volume 92, Issue 1 (pages 34–39)
DOI: 10.1111/1468-0009.12039
Published in 2014