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The iPhone Swine Flu App

by | 1st, September 2009

swine-flu-appSWINE Flu: Thanks to¬† Children’s Hospital Boston, Mass. you can now download an iPhone application that tells you where the swine flu is, and isn’t.

Boston, Mass. – A new iPhone application, created by researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab, enables users to track and report outbreaks of infectious diseases, such as H1N1 (swine flu), on the ground in real time.

The press release is beyond parody:

The application, “Outbreaks Near Me,” builds upon the mission and proven capability of HealthMap, an online resource that collects, filters, maps and disseminates information about emerging infectious diseases, and provides a new, contextualized view of a user’s specific location – pinpointing outbreaks that have been reported in the vicinity of the user and offering the opportunity to search for additional outbreak information by location or disease.

Additional functionality of Outbreaks Near Me is the ability to set alerts that will notify a user on their device or by e-mail when new outbreaks are reported in their proximity, or if a user enters a new area of activity.


The new application also features an option for users to submit an outbreak report.

Input Alert: “The Daily Mail offices are infected.”

And so the panic is spread, as are the killer spores. … Now wipe down your iPhoen and burn it.

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