Health officials using Yelp to find food-borne illness cases

May 23, 2014 11:39 AM

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Reviewers on Yelp have helped city health authorities find hundreds of unreported cases of possible food-borne illnesses, officials reported Thursday.

Researchers in a pilot project involving the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Columbia University and Yelp trawled the Web site for reviews that included words like “sick,” “vomit,” “diarrhea” and “food poisoning” between July 2012 and March 2013.

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