An application has been launched for worried iPhone users worried that an outbreak of Swine Flu is just around the corner - literately.

The application, called "Outbreaks Near Me," enables users to track and report outbreaks of infectious diseases, such as H1N1 (swine flu), on the ground in real time.

At the core of the app is HealthMap, say the app's makers, an online resource that collects, filters, maps and disseminates information about emerging infectious diseases, and provides a new, contextualized view of a user's specific location. It will pinpoint outbreaks that have been reported in the vicinity of the user and offering the opportunity to search for additional outbreak information by location or disease.

The new application also features an option for users to submit an outbreak report.

The app is free.

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