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 1876
Italy 5191
Great Britain 0
Sweden 3559
Germany 0
Austria 0
Switzerland 2597
France 12190
Spain 1058
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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Rassegna stampa su Influweb

Continua la rassegna stampa di notizie pubblicate da quotidiani, riviste, testate di divulgazione scientifica sia on line che cartacei. In particolare segnaliamo due articoli su Torinoscienza e Famiglia Cristiana., il sito di divulgazione scientifica della Provincia di Torino, ha pubblicato ieri un articolo sulla partnership tra Influweb e, sottolineando come l'uso delle nuove tecnologie sia indispensabile per un efficace approccio alla lotta contro l'influenza e la circolazione di informazioni sulla salute pubblica.

Anche su Famiglia Cristiana si parla di Influweb e della rete di piattaforme europee Influenzanet.

Thursday 01 March 2012 10:57:22