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When big data becomes a tool in the battle to contain Ebola

Same kind of technology that helps marketers deliver targeted ads can be useful in fight against epidemics

Last Friday's New York Post reporting that Dr Craig Spencer, who had just returned from West Africa, tested positive for Ebola.


NINE days before Ebola was declared an epidemic, a group of researchers and computer scientists in Boston spotted the haemorrhagic fever beginning to spread in Guinea.

By scouring the Internet for clues from social media, local news reports and other available online...

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