Sunday, June 2, 2013

How the Online World Is Fighting the Next Pandemic

Viral faces virtual, as web community battles H7N9 and MERS.
By Crawford Kilian, Yesterday,
First, the bad news: This spring has seen the emergence of not one but two potentially disastrous new diseases: H7N9, an avian flu that could be more dangerous than H5N1, and MERS -- Middle East Respiratory Syndrome -- a coronavirus related to SARS.
The good news is that health agencies, governments, journalists, and ordinary people have created an online early-warning system that may have helped suppress H7N9 and could do the same with MERS.

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