Using social networking sites for communicable disease control: Innovative contact tracing or breach of confidentiality?

Kate L. Mandeville, Matthew Harris*, Helen Thomas, Yimmy Chow, Claude Seng

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Abstract

Social media applications such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook have attained huge popularity, with more than three billion people and organizations predicted to have a social networking account by 2015. Social media offers a rapid avenue of communication with the public and has potential benefits for communicable disease control and surveillance. However, its application in everyday public health practice raises a number of important issues around confidentiality and autonomy. We report here a case from local level health protection where the friend of an individual with meningococcal septicaemia used a social networking site to notify potential contacts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-50
Number of pages4
JournalPublic Health Ethics
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014

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