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Communicating about communicable diseases using facebook : whisper, don’t shout
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 2290275
Author(s) Shaw, David M.
Author(s) at UniBasel Shaw, David
Year 2013
Title Communicating about communicable diseases using facebook : whisper, don’t shout
Journal Public health ethics
Volume 7
Number 1
Pages / Article-Number 61-63

Mandeville and colleagues describe a fascinating case where Facebook was used to warn potential contacts that their acquaintance had a communicable disease (Mandeville et al., 2013). They are correct that this case raises important issues about social media, confidentiality and the prevention of harm. However, they underestimate both the dangers of overcommunication via Wall and Timeline postings (and Twitter) and the potential utility of Facebook in cases like this one. Increased awareness of Facebook functionality will allow more accurate targeting of those at risk of infection, while also protecting the confidentiality of the index case.

Publisher Oxford University Press
ISSN/ISBN 1754-9973
Full Text on edoc No
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1093/phe/pht031
ISI-Number WOS:000339851300010
Document type (ISI) Editorial Material

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