What Outbreak? Students Tune Out Tweeted Health Warnings

Located in Atlanta – the CDC’s backyard – Georgia Tech went to great lengths throughout November 2012 to shout word of the public health risk to students via social media, e-mail blasts and paper posters. The campaign urged students to wash their hands, cough into their elbows, stay home when sick and to check with a doctor if they had a cough or fever.

But by early December, when the CDC surveyed 105 students who hadn’t been sick to see how well the message had gotten through, most (54 percent) said they were unaware of the outbreak.

Among the 48 students in the sample who said they had heard or read the warnings about the spate of campus illnesses, 26 percent said they’d learned about it through an e-mail; 22 percent from a friend, 6 percent from a poster, and a mere 2 percent via social media.

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Though nobody died, five students were hospitalized with complications – four with respiratory failure and one with the heart inflammation known as perimyocarditis.

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The bacterium behind the outbreak, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, is a frequent cause of so-called “walking pneumonia.” The infection can spread quickly in university settings where students often brush off the cough, sore throat and other symptoms as just a bad cold – and then spread it to their roommates.

via What Outbreak? Students Tune Out Tweeted Health Warnings : Shots – Health News : NPR.

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