Site taps social networks to map real-time sickness trends

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It's not uncommon for users of Facebook, Twitter and other social networks to mention in their status updates the passing colds and flus that afflict them on any given day. Aiming to make such information useful to the population at large, Sickweather is a site that aggregates illness-related data across social networks and then produces real-time “weather maps” of reported symptoms. Now in closed beta, Baltimore-based Sickweather “scans social networks for indicators of illness, allowing you to check for the chance of sickness as easily as you check for the chance of rain,” in the company's own words. The site…

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