Social media: A new tool for outbreak surveillance

Averi E. Wilson, Christoph U. Lehmann, Sameh N. Saleh, John Hanna, Richard J. Medford

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Social media platforms allow users to share news, ideas, thoughts, and opinions on a global scale. Data processing methods allow researchers to automate the collection and interpretation of social media posts for efficient and valuable disease surveillance. Data derived from social media and internet search trends have been used successfully for monitoring and forecasting disease outbreaks such as Zika, Dengue, MERS, and Ebola viruses. More recently, data derived from social media have been used to monitor and model disease incidence during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. We discuss the use of social media for disease surveillance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere50
JournalAntimicrobial Stewardship and Healthcare Epidemiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 17 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)


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