Monday, April 27, 2009

Google Maps Swine Flu outbreak

Google Flu Trends, a Web service provided by, has been updating itself with data and news stories about the swine flu pandemic. Social-networking tools such as Twitter have been blazing with members’ posts about the possible spread of the disease. As of April 27, swine flu has killed 103 people in Mexico and spread to the United States, Europe and possibly other locations around the world.

Google has been tracking the spread of the new swine flu pandemic.

Google’s Flu Trends site, a product of, has been updating itself with the latest wire reports and provides a search window where people can type in their ZIP code and locate the nearest flu-shot distributor.

Here is what the site says: "We've found that certain search terms are good indicators of flu activity. Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity in your state up to two weeks faster than traditional flu surveillance systems." Visit Google Flu Trends for the latest Swine Flu outbreak maps.


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