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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The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) bundles all research-related EU initiatives.

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Participating countries and volunteers:

The Netherlands 12998
Belgium 4007
Portugal 1879
Italy 3521
Great Britain 5185
Sweden 0
Germany 105
Austria 28
Switzerland 35
France 5921
Spain 869
Ireland 499
Denmark 0
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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Flu pandemics likely to spread fastest in travel hub UK

Flu pandemics likely to spread fastest in travel hub UK

A new report and maps, developed to identify the vulnerability of countries to influenza pandemics, has identified the United Kingdom as having the second highest risk in terms of the speed in which a disease could spread, due to its highly urbanised and transient population, as well as it’s prominence as a travel hub and links to growth economies where such diseases are most likely to emerge.

However, the report’s findings reveal that the UK’s strong governance, highly developed infrastructure, well educated population and advanced health system also places it among the 10 countries with the highest capacity to contain a potentially lethal outbreak of a strain of flu.

The Influenza Pandemic Risk Index (IPRI), released by risk analysis company Maplecroft, enables governments, intergovernmental organisations and business to identify potential risks to populations and supply chains. It consists of three global indices, which rank countries on (1) the risk of emergence of a strain of influenza, (2) the risk of spread and (3) the capacity to contain outbreaks of an infectious disease.

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April 3, 2012, 1:21 p.m.