Google Flu Trends site shuts down

The Google Flu Trends website has shut down, members of the Flu Trends team announced in a blog post last Thursday. Instead, the team now will send its flu and dengue data from its search signals directly to partners including Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"We also will continue to make historical flu and dengue estimate data available for anyone to see and analyze," the post says.

While enhanced versions of the tool have been shown to be effective for detecting epidemics early, the Flu Trends team hopes to improve the "nowcasting" abilities.

According to MobiHealthNews, the move had nothing to do with the restructuring caused by the creation of holding company Alphabet. Blog post