#Ebola and Twitter. What Insights Can Global Health Draw from Social Media?

  • Tatiana VorovchenkoEmail author
  • Proochista Ariana
  • Francois van Loggerenberg
  • Pouria Amirian
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Pharmaceutical Science & Drug Development book series (BRIEFSPSDD)


At the beginning of August 2014, after the first Ebola case was diagnosed in Nigeria, a Nigerian student posted a tweet urging the public to drink vast amounts of salty water in order to avoid catching the Ebola virus. Later, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that two people died and twenty were hospitalised in the country because of excessive consumption of salty water.



The work was done within the The Global Health Network group, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, and supported by Splunk4Good, corporate social responsibility programme of Splunk Inc.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tatiana Vorovchenko
    • 1
    Email author
  • Proochista Ariana
    • 1
  • Francois van Loggerenberg
    • 1
  • Pouria Amirian
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Tropical Medicine and Global HealthUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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