After Twitter users tweeted about food poisoning in their area, health officials in Chicago uncovered the culprits – a local restaurant. Dr Bechara Choucair of the Chicago Department of Public Health commented, “We know that the majority of cases of foodborne outbreaks really never end up getting reported to the local health department anywhere in the country.”
In this day and age, people are more likely to head for social media sites such as Twitter to complain about their food poisoning. With the help of a technological group, Smart Chicago collaborative, who developed an app for them, the Chicago Department of Public Health were able to sift through tweets containing a reference to food-related illnesses. The Foodborne Chicago app identifies tweets linked to local food poisoning symptoms and automatically responds, asking users to reply with details of where they ate.
Other cities such as New York are already using new technology to track mass food poisoning outbreaks, using online restaurant reviews. If you’ve been struck down by food poisoning, tweeting about it may lead to local authorities or government officials getting in touch with you in a bid to find out more about what has happened.
Has a meal out left you with food poisoning?
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Source: Times of News
Date Published: September 16, 2014
Author: David Brown