Social Networks Applied to Zika and H1N1 Epidemics: A Systematic Review

  • Diná Herdi Medeiros de Araujo
  • Elaine Alves de Carvalho
  • Claudia Lage Rebello da Motta
  • Marcos Roberto da Silva Borges
  • José Orlando GomesEmail author
  • Paulo Victor Rodrigues de Carvalho
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 819)


Background: Health crises and health emergencies occur regionally and globally. In this context, online social networks are technical resources widely used to share large amounts of information with increasing reach and speed. This capacity of dissemination of information on epidemics through social media interactions creates the possibility of collaboration between population and health professionals or agencies. This article intends to present, through results obtained in a systematic review, examples on how social interactions enable collaboration in health surveillance to treat the epidemic situations of Zika and H1N1.

Methodology: The methodology applied in this article was the systematic review, to answer how social networks are being applied in a collaborative context to assist in the identification, monitoring and generation of information on Zika Virus and H1N1 epidemics

Results: The works presented demonstrated that social media interactions are important tools for the rapid dissemination of information at low cost, reaching audiences who need clarification, and also favoring the formation of specific collaborative networks among researchers, in the monitoring and generation of epidemiological information for making decision.

Conclusion: Collaboration through social networks as pointed out in the papers is an essential aspect to connect individuals with common interests, generating information that allows the monitoring and control of epidemics, as well as creating networks of research for the development of science in the service of life.


Social media Collaboration in health Health surveillance Zika H1N1 Twitter Facebook Instagram 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Diná Herdi Medeiros de Araujo
    • 1
  • Elaine Alves de Carvalho
    • 1
  • Claudia Lage Rebello da Motta
    • 1
  • Marcos Roberto da Silva Borges
    • 1
  • José Orlando Gomes
    • 1
    Email author
  • Paulo Victor Rodrigues de Carvalho
    • 1
  1. 1.Programa de Pós Graduação em InformáticaUniversidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro PPGI/UFRJRio de JaneiroBrazil

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