Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. citizens gets food poisoning every year, but very few report it. Twitter communications between the public and the proper government authorities could improve foodborne illness reporting as well as the steps that follow, according to a new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.
Jenine Harris, associate professor, and colleagues partnered with the City of St. Louis Department of Health in October 2015 to implement the HealthMap Foodborne Dashboard developed at Boston Children’s Hospital. In the first seven months of the pilot study, they identified 193 tweets relevant to food poisoning.
“Increasing trust and interaction between government and the public through social media are promising strategies for food safety,” said Harris, lead author of the study, “Using Twitter to Identify and Respond to Food Poisoning: The Food Safety STL Project,” published Feb. 3 in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.
It goes without saying the impact of social media in our modern day world!!!
SOURCE: Science Daily.