Far more than during the H1N1 pandemic, Twitter is playing a critical function in spreading information about the emergence of a new disease. We have been living with H7N9 for less than a month, and we still know very little. But we'd know far less without the tweets of some remarkable individuals and agencies. So here, with some annotations, are the handles (Twitter names) of those I most rely on for solid information about H7N9:
Helen Branswell: The star health writer for The Canadian Press and present at the creation of Flublogia.
Mike Coston: The author of Avian Flu Diary offers breaking news plus highly useful background and context.
FluTrackers: They handle floods of information. Don't even try to keep track without them.
Jennifer Yang: The health reporter at the Toronto Star is a welcome new observer.
Declan Butler: A top writer for Nature and a founding father of Flublogia.
Tom Watkins: As Treyfish, Tom is another founding father.
Jason Anthony Tetro: An expert; he knows what he's tweeting about.
WHO: Tweeting H7N9 before it goes on their website.
Gregory Härtl: WHO's tireless communications maestro, patiently answering questions.
Lisa Schnirring: She pulls the news together every day for CIDRAP, picking up what I've missed.
Mara Hvistendahl: Writer/editor for Science, based on Shanghai.
Li Yin: No idea who she is, but she's sending intelligent tweets from China.
Pasi Penttinen: In ECDC's Epidemic Intelligence division, new to Twitter but likely to be a major source.
Not enough? Bookmark #H7N9 and follow everyone.
When it goes without saying, I try not to say it. But in this case I'll say it anyway: Without you folks, I wouldn't have much to say at all. Thank you.