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 12174
Belgium 3987
Portugal 2052
Italy 4637
Great Britain 9490
Sweden 3559
Germany 205
Austria 541
Switzerland 1161
France 5829
Spain 1003
Ireland 351
Denmark 2795
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, mai picchi di incidenza così alti da 20 anni

Secondo l'ultimo rapporto epidemiologico Influnet dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità, la stagione influenzale 2017-18 ha visto picchi di virulenza fra i più elevati degli ultimi vent’anni. Nella seconda settimana del 2018 abbiamo assistito a un picco di incidenza considerato “molto alto”, più elevato anche di quello osservato nelle stagioni 2004-05 e 2009-10. Un riassunto del rapporto è stato pubblicato anche da un articolo di Info Data del Sole 24h che cita anche i dati raccolti grazie ai volontari di Influweb.

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Lunedì 05 febbraio 2018 16:54:07