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 2391
Italy 0
Great Britain 0
Sweden 3559
Germany 0
Austria 0
Switzerland 2720
France 6973
Spain 0
Ireland 0
Denmark 37878
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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Surveillance Reports for 2016/17 Available

Surveillance Reports for 2016/17 Available

Summary information from the latest report (week 42) includes:

The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate was 3.3 per 100,000 population in week 42 2016, remaining low, and stable compared to the updated rate of 4.7 per 100,000

ILI rates were below the Irish baseline threshold (18.3 per 100,000 population)

Hospitalisations: One confirmed influenza A(H3) hospitalised case was notified to HPSC during week 42 2016.

The HPSC weekly reports can be viewed at the following link.

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Oct. 30, 2016, 8:37 a.m.