(KAIT/NBC) - A Kansas City-based company is using social media to identify which neighborhoods have the highest rates of illness.
It's called "Sickweather", essentially a Doppler radar for sickness.
The app scans social media looking for keywords like flu, fever, cough, and temperature.
Sickweather then uses an algorithm to pin reports onto a map.
Media Relations Director Dave Switzer says users can see what ailment is trending in their area.
"It monitors about 6,000,000 hits, social media hits, a month. It's not specific to a person but just information to those illnesses in general," Switzer said.
Find out more about the app's goal to forecast illnesses by clicking here.