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AI-powered epidemiology system issued early warning about Wuhan virus

An infectious disease surveillance system powered by artificial intelligence issued an alert on Dec. 31 about the coronavirus emerging from the Chinese city of Wuhan, followed by a CDC alert Jan. 6 and a World Health Organization warning Jan. 9. The system uses natural-language processing and machine learning to analyze news reports in 65 languages, airline data and animal disease outbreak reports; then, epidemiologists review the system's conclusions, and reports are sent to clients in government, business and public health.

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