When health is the deadline: Dengue fever, AH1N1 flu and media-epidemic cycles


  • Silvio Waisbord University of California, George Washington University


journalism, public health, media


This article takes into account the recent coverage of dengue and the emergence of the AH1N1 virus as a starting point to analyze the factors that  contribute  to  informative  “media-epidemic  cycles”.  The  main objective isn’t to provide a detailed analysis of specific media coverage in a country. The intention is to contribute to the analysis of the influence of professional values and routines of journalists in the construction of news on epidemic issues. Such practices pose challenges for the discussion on health areas and public health actions.

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Author Biography

Silvio Waisbord, University of California, George Washington University

PhD in Sociology. Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Public Affairs. Author of several books and articles on communication, journalism, politics and development.


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How to Cite

Waisbord, S. (2012). When health is the deadline: Dengue fever, AH1N1 flu and media-epidemic cycles. Folios, Revista De La Facultad De Comunicaciones Y Filología, (23), 93–103. Retrieved from https://revistas.udea.edu.co/index.php/folios/article/view/11786




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