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New Technology and real – time electronic media are vital to detect outbreaks of infectious diseases globally. In the age of real- time electronic media and television, journalists became a vital source of instant information that public health authorities could use to detect outbreaks, in addition to information from governments, non- governmental organizations and health- care workers. Media scanning is one of the important systems inEWS.
Benefits of Media scanning envisaged are:
· It increases the sensitivity of the official surveillance systems and may well
provide early warning of occurrence of new clusters of diseases in advance of
official notification, as the media are often the first to know of potential cases.
· Monitoring and mapping of occurrence of unusual health events or new a