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

http://www.influenzanet.eu/

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Developing the framework for an epidemic forecast infrastructure.
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The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) bundles all research-related EU initiatives.

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Participating countries and volunteers:

The Netherlands 13912
Belgium 4392
Portugal 1795
Italy 3782
Great Britain 6043
Sweden 0
Germany 149
Austria 286
Switzerland 70
France 6655
Spain 949
Ireland 392
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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Vaccins Mexicaanse griep vernietigd

2 augustus - Het wereldwijde overschot aan vaccins tegen de Mexicaanse griep is zo groot dat zelfs gratis weggeven kansloos is geworden. Minister Klink van Volksgezondheid, die na lang lang leuren met 20 miljoen overtollige vaccins, onlangs besloot die toch maar aan de Wereldgezondheidsorganisatie te doneren, raakt ze ook daar niet kwijt.

De voorraad voor ontwikkelingslanden blijkt groot genoeg. Een jaar na aanvang van de grieppandemie, rest daarom slechts de afvalverwerker. Alleen al in Europa worden de komende maanden meer dan honderd miljoen vaccins weggegooid.

Lees het hele artikel bij De Volkskrant

2 augustus 2010 09:18