The next step in public health will come down to people's use of an open messaging platform

Zika concerns are plaguing the citizens of countries worldwide. Sickweather is a Baltimore-based company that provides real-time disease surveillance and forecasts for more than 23 different symptoms and illnesses. The developer of the real-time map of illness has now launched Sickweather Groups, an open messaging platform for anonymously reporting symptoms to locations fed by Foursquare—including schools, workplaces, restaurants, hospitals, theme parks and more.

As a response to myriad requests for the company to track illnesses like Zika and Ebola, the company created Sickweather Groups. This is a much-needed open public health messaging tool that can be used for reporting everything from allergies to Zika.

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