Influenzanet is a system to monitor the activity of influenza-like-illness (ILI) with the aid of volunteers via the internet

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Participating countries and volunteers:

The Netherlands 0
Belgium 0
Portugal 1881
Italy 5411
Great Britain 0
Sweden 3559
Germany 0
Austria 0
Switzerland 2600
France 8153
Spain 1060
Ireland 262
Denmark 3199
InfluenzaNet is a system to monitor the activity of influenza-like-illness (ILI) with the aid of volunteers via the internet. It has been operational in The Netherlands and Belgium (since 2003), Portugal (since 2005) and Italy (since 2008), and the current objective is to implement InfluenzaNet in more European countries.

In contrast with the traditional system of sentinel networks of mainly primary care physicians coordinated by the European Influenza Surveillance Scheme (EISS), InfluenzaNet obtains its data directly from the population. This creates a fast and flexible monitoring system whose uniformity allows for direct comparison of ILI rates between countries.

Any resident of a country where InfluenzaNet is implemented can participate by completing an online application form, which contains various medical, geographic and behavioural questions. Participants are reminded weekly to report any symptoms they have experienced since their last visit. The incidence of ILI is determined on the basis of a uniform case definition.

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Influenza, è arrivata in Italia: isolato il virus

L'influenza stagionale è ufficialmente arrivata nel nostro paese. Il primo virus è stato isolato in una bambina di Bari di tre anni ricoverata all'ospedale Giovanni XXIII. L'isolamento è avvenuto presso il laboratorio di epidemiologia molecolare dell'unità di igiene del Policlinico di Bari. Si tratta di un ceppo di virus influenzale di tipo A, sottotipo H3N2, che ha largamente circolato anche l'anno scorso.

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