What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Ebola

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The first social media site, Six Degrees, was introduced in 1997 (Kuss and Griffiths 2017). Ever since the success of social media has exploded and today there exit tons of different types of social media platforms (SMP) with different aims. Some of the most popular SMP such as Twitter and Facebook have about six hundred million people visiting their pages everyday (Adebimpe, Adeyemi et al. 2015). These huge platforms give you the opportunity to share your private experience, bring public awareness to an issue, or to discuss major events such as natural disasters, medical issues, elections etc. regardless of the time and place. One of the biggest advantages of social media platforms is that information reaches a large number of people quickly. The downside of the social media is that misinformation travels as quickly too. Especially during a disease outbreak, which was the case with Ebola outbreak in 2014 (Torrente and Polli 2008, Adebimpe, Adeyemi et al. 2015, Fung, Fu et al. 2016, Brady, Kelly et al. 2017, Robledo and Jankovic 2017).

The first known outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) was documented in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since 1976, numerous outbreaks have occurred for shorter periods in West Africa. So far the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa (2014-2016) has been the most challenging and fatal disease. Mainly three countries (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) were affected by the disease (Khalafallah, Aboshady et al. 2017).

In 2014 the

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