Rumor surveillance and avian influenza H5N1.

Emerging Infectious Diseases

PubMedID: 15757567

Samaan G, Patel M, Olowokure B, Roces MC, Oshitani H, World Health Organization Outbreak Response Team. Rumor surveillance and avian influenza H5N1. Emerging Infect Dis. 2005;11(3):463-6.
We describe the enhanced rumor surveillance during the avian influenza H5N1 outbreak in 2004. The World Health Organization's Western Pacific Regional Office identified 40 rumors; 9 were verified to be true. Rumor surveillance informed immediate public health action and prevented unnecessary and costly responses.