Disease surveillance using online news: an extended study of dengue fever in India

Published on 2019-12-12T12:11:08Z (GMT) by
Abstract Background The study demonstrates the potential in using newspaper information as a proxy for monitoring dengue fever outbreaks in India. Online newspapers are being considered as sources of information on disease surveillance, early outbreak detection, and epidemiology research. Our objective is to understand the complex dengue epidemiology and discover inter-relationships between dengue fever and local social-environmental factors by mining information from local Indian news articles. Results We search and extract articles from the newspaper database, LexisNexis. News articles related to dengue fever in India are analyzed together with local environmental, climate, and population data in both temporally and spatially to study disease epidemiology. We also examine the influence of newsworthiness for constructing a disease surveillance system. In terms of temporal aspects, dengue outbreaks follow consistent patterns every year. However, for many areas, this application is frustrated by the relatively small numbers of news articles. Conclusions The study has advanced capabilities in producing approaches that provide for richer interpretations of textual information provided in newspaper articles. Such approaches appear particularly well suited for developing countries with relatively poor medical infrastructures and records.

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Zhang, Yiding; Ibaraki, Motomu; Schwartz, Franklin (2019): Disease surveillance using online news: an extended study of dengue fever in India. figshare. Collection. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.4778807.v1