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Wikipedia can predict the next disease outbreak

Nov 20, 2014    

London, Nov 19 (IANS) An increase in visits to Wikipedia pages about a disease can predict its next outbreak, a study suggests.Researchers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the US examined 14 infectious disease outbreaks and used Wikipedia traffic data to compare if they could predict upsurges of diseases.The team was able to forecast all the outbreaks upto 28 days in advance, just looking at the page view trends."A global disease-forecasting system will change the way we respond to epidemics. In the same way we check the weather each morning, individuals and public health offici...

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