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 aviaria A(H5N8) in Europa

Sono attualmente in corso le indagini volte a identificare le modalità di infezione degli animali e non è ancora chiaro in che modo il virus sia potuto comparire contemporaneamente in località distanti tra loro e tra specie diverse di animali. Al momento le autorità sanitarie considerano la potenziale trasmissione umana del virus nei Paesi Ue/Eea estremamente bassa, tuttavia raccomandano particolare attenzione da parte dei lavoratori impiegati negli allevamenti e nei macelli. Per maggiori informazioni scarica il documento “Outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N8) in Europe. Updated 20 November 2014” (pdf 462 kb).


Wednesday 03 December 2014 13:35:44