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Privacy questions raised in cases of syphilis linked to chat room.


**This article discusses the first tracking of a disease cluster to cyberspace. The department of public health in San Francisco tracked an outbreak of syphilis cases to an America Online chat room. The article goes on to say: The case is a new development for public health officials who traditionally define an affected group by the members' physical proximity or relation and poses a question for the electronic age: when does the right to online privacy yield to public health issues?