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CDC uses Twitter to spread flu updates

April 28, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The United States government is turning to Twitter to spread the latest information about the swine flu outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is posting updates on the Twitter account "CDC Emergency."

Twitter, a social networking Web site that allows users to post 140-character "tweets" or messages, has been abuzz with chatter about the swine flu in recent days. However, the site can also be the source of misinformation and rumor.

The CDC Twitter postings provide continuous, authoritative status reports on the outbreak, including bulletins on confirmed cases, tips on preventing the disease, and advisories, such as the one issued by the U.S. State Department Monday, advising Americans to avoid all nonessential travel to Mexico.

ABC7 is also on Twitter. To get our tweets, go to Twitter.com/abc7 and click on follow.


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