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The cliche of social media is that it is full of people talking about their lunch. But this is one that the Food Standards Agency is now actively trying to encourage, at least if your lunch is heading the wrong way. Vomiting? Nauseated? Diarrhoea? Tweet it and you know at least one person will be reading – someone on the FSA’s norovirus monitoring team.

Since 2013, the agency has been developing an online epidemiology toolkit. It tried to work with Google initially, but found social media a far faster means of correlating lab results with geotagged incidences of people moaning about being “sick” (or a range of related search terms). To sharpen its results, the FSA excluded all simultaneous references to pregnancy, alcohol and anxiety, which have their own vomit-inducements.

This has greatly improved the lag time in its systems. Lab results take two days arrive, while tweets are instant. The FSA believes that the new system can predict an increase in norovirus in the following week between 70% and 80% of the time.

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