CDC uses Twitter to spread flu updates

WASHINGTON 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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