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Dec 24, 2014 2:07 PM

Before you travel, check Sickweather app tracking illness across the country


With cold and flu season in full swing, wouldn't it be nice to find out if you're headed straight for a sick zone. Now, there's an app for that. It claims to map data on more than 23 different symptoms and illnesses, tracking sick trends across the country.

The Sickweather app monitors social media networks for posts and tweets about illness. The company says it qualifies more than 2 million reports each month.

It shows a broad view of hot spots, or clusters of activity in across the country. If you zoom in, you can get a much closer look at individual reports down to a specific city or town, including when the sick claim on social media was posted.

Let's say you're traveling to see relatives in Massachusetts, you can view the flu activity tracked to the area. You can check anywhere in the country before you travel. And if you have family visiting you, simply check out where they're coming from to see if there's a good chance they could be bringing some nasty germs along with their holiday cheer.

The Centers for Disease Control reports high flu activity in 13 states and Puerto Rico. It is reporting only minimal cases in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Click here for more information on the Sickweather app.


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