Influenza A (H7N9) and the Importance of Digital Epidemiology

New England Journal of Medicine
August 1, 2013  Vol. 369 No. 5

Influenza A (H7N9) and the Importance of Digital Epidemiology
Marcel Salathé, Ph.D., Clark C. Freifeld, M.S., Sumiko R. Mekaru, D.V.M., Anna F. Tomasulo, M.P.H., and John S. Brownstein, Ph.D.
N Engl J Med 2013; 369:401-404August 1, 2013DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1307752

In recent outbreaks including that of novel H7N9 influenza, digital disease surveillance has supplemented laboratory studies and work by public health officials and epidemiologists, by leveraging widespread use of the Internet, mobile phones, and social media.