Title: Tracking Media Reports on the Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O104:H4 outbreak in Germany
Authors: LINGE JensMANTERO JasFUART FlavioBELAYEVA JenyaATKINSON MartinVAN DER GOOT Erik
Citation: Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering vol. 91 no. 11 p. 178-185
Publisher: SPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC65929
ISSN: 1867-8211
URI: http://rd.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-642-29262-0_26#
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC65929
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-29262-0_26
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: In May 2011, an outbreak of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) occurred in northern Germany. The Shiga toxin-producing strain O104:H4 infected several thousand people, frequently leading to haemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and gastroenteritis (GI). First reports about the outbreak appeared in the German media on Saturday 21st of May 2011; the media attention rose to high levels in the following two weeks, with up to 2000 articles categorized per day by the automatic threat detection system MedISys (Medical Information System). In this article, we illustrate how MedISys detected the sudden increase in reporting on E. coli on 21st of May and how automatic analysis of the reporting provided epidemic intelligence information to follow the event. Categorization, filtering and clustering allowed identifying different aspects within the unfolding news event, analyzing general media and official sites in parallel.
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