Monitoring: Internet and the Swine Flu

Modes of information dissemination: Case of Swine Flu (H1N1) outbreak of 2009

Visual monitoring (click picture to go directly to the site)

  • Google and CDC's Health Map: Global Disease Alert Map


Sample capture: June 16, 2009

  • Digital photograph compilation (Link to Photoshelter)
  • Monitoring Swine Flu using Twitter (Link)
  • WHO's Situation Updates (Link)


Sample capture: June 16, 2009
  • CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention): Weekly Influenza Activity Estimates Reported by State and Territorial Epidemiologists

Sample capture: June 16, 2009

Social media, software, mobile technology alerting systems
  • Twitter: Veratect, a company, provided early detection of new information on swine influenza up to May 15, 2009
  • Mobile CDC website:
  • CDC's HHS Flu Widgets to embed on user websites
Sample capture: June 16, 2009
Transcripts, audio, video reportings
News compilation services