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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 15

of 'Cutaneous leishmaniasis: Epidemiology and control'

War diseases revealed by the social media: massive leishmaniasis outbreak in the Syrian Spring.
Alasaad S
Parasit Vectors. 2013;6:94. Epub 2013 4 12.
Social media introduce pivotal changes to communication between individuals, organizations and communities. A clear example of the power of social media is the spread of the revolutionary outbreaks in the Arabic countries during 2011, where people used Facebook, YouTube and Skype to communicate, organise meetings and protest actions. Here I report how Doctor-Activists use these social media as an alarm system for 'war disease' outbreaks in the Syrian Spring. Social media are used as an alarm system to attract the attention of international organizations, which should assume their responsibilities and play their part in controlling the outbreak of such war diseases.