Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Brechdurchfall

At the moment, the #2 search on Google Trends is for "brechdurchfall", which is the German word for "gastroenteritis", as best I can figure.  I've found a few articles about norovirus and rotavirus incidents (e.g. this one, in German and about a sports school in Austria if I've read it correctly, and this one, also in German, about unexpectedly sick patients in a hospital). 

We already know that Google Trends can predict the flu.  Is there some sort of outbreak of viral GI disease in German-speaking countries that I've not heard of?