Twitter Could Help Track Flu Outbreak

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BALTIMORE, MD (KTLA) — You may hate reading tweets regarding your friends and followers feeling ill, however it could be beneficial.

The popular online social networking service Twitter may help health officials track the flu outbreak.

John Hopkins University has developed an app called “Germ Tracker” that filters tweets by people who mention they are sick.

The tweets are tracked in real-time letting health workers see where more cases are being reported and spread.

Officials say the “Germ Tracker” can more accurate than weekly updates released by the CDC because of the real-time tracking.

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