14 Oct '11, 2am

Social media 'has impact on public health'

Eating more salt can protect you from the H1N1 flu virus. True or false? This was one of several myths which circulated online at the height of the H1N1 pandemic in 2009. The example was cited by top World Health Organisation (WHO) officials at a conference here on Thursday to illustrate the impact of social media on the management of public health risks. The global health body also highlighted a 'large menace' to global health: the outbreaks of foodborne diseases which can affect many countries because of growing international travel and trade. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. blog comments powered by Disqus

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