Ebola was flagged up by computer software nine days BEFORE it was announced: HealthMap used social media to spot disease
- Fever was seen developing in the forested areas of Guinea by an online disease-monitoring tool on March 19
- Group behind software alerted the World Health Organisation, which reported first Ebola case on March 23
- Since then, Boston team has created a free-to-use interactive Ebola map to track where disease is spreading
- Map uses algorithms to scour tens of thousands of social media sites, local news and government websites
- Users can zoom in on specific regions on the map, with markers showing where cases have been reported
Interactive map showing Ebola scares and outbreaks across the world.
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