a map of where people are currently complaining of being sick, including the Bay Area and Santa Clara / Long Beach area.
Where SickWeather predicts colds and other viruses are spreading. Photo from SF Weekly, Septmeber 2013

SF Weekly reports that Bay Areas residents should prepare for fevers, sore throats and runny noses.  The information comes from the Baltimore-based epidemiology start-up, Sickweather, which monitors social media for reports of illness, and tries to predict contagious diseases before they spread.

Last year, the company anticipated a national flu season about six weeks before the Center for Disease Control, which may have been its greatest success, yet.

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