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Achoo-googling: Search engine tracks flu through online surfers

OSHA Healthcare Connection, December 2, 2008

When the flu hits, sufferers surf the Internet, according to Fox News.

So many people did that last year, that Google has developed "Google Flu Trends," a tool aimed at helping the CDC figure out where and when flu activity is on the rise.

Google uses specific, undisclosed search terms to compile data, which will translate into a real-time flu tracker. Currently, the CDC relies on reports and lab tests to generate numbers which can take two weeks for collection and analysis.

 

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