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The is no argument that the better informed and educated people are as a whole regarding health threats such as communicable and infectious diseases the more prepared they are to protect themselves against them. This is why organizations such as World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are using social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to send educational messages and health alerts to a growing number of people via these popular applications. In 2011 the CDC went from having 65,000 followers on Twitter to 1.2 million followers (Merchant et al, 2011 as cited in Mandeville et al 2014). The concept of sharing educational information and it reaching that broad of an audience has great benefit potential if it has a mechanism for feedback to ensure the people it is reaching really understand the educational material they receive. Even if the general public does not have the desire to go in-depth with the knowledge of diseases there are still mobile applications that help track infectious diseases. The Singapore Health Ministry in 2013 used a mobile application to monitor the outbreak of H7N9 flu which was even faster than the WHO was tracking it (Smith, 2014). Mobile platforms and social media sites are helping the world become closer connected and as long as these are available we should use them to our benefit to educate and monitor both health and disease.

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