Social Media and Food Illness

Social media has a lot of utilities, but who would have thought it could be useful in tracking down food illness sources?

This article from The Washington Post discusses how Twitter and Yelp have been successfully used by health agencies in New York and Chicago to preempt restaurant inspections. Although this is by no means a miracle solution to food-borne illness, it could potentially take out delays in finding the source of an outbreak and prevent further sickness.

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Alex Alexiev

Alex Alexiev is a recent UC Davis graduate with a BS in microbiology working in Jonathan Eisen’s lab on aquariums as part of the microbiology of the built environment.