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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Participating countries and volunteers:

The Netherlands 0
Belgium 0
Portugal 1747
Italy 4300
Great Britain 4189
Sweden 0
Germany 189
Austria 515
Switzerland 142
France 6236
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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Niederlande und Belgien
Projekt: de Grote Griep Meting
Leitung: Carl Koppeschaar
Kontakt: redactie [at] grotegriepmeting.nl

Portugal
Projekt: gripenet
Leitung: Vitor Faustino
Kontakt: info [at] gripenet.pt

Italien
Projekt: INFLUWEB
Leitung: Daniela Paolotti
Kontakt: info [at] influweb.it

Großbritannien
Projekt: flusurvey
Leitung: John Edmunds
Kontakt: webmaster [at] flusurvey.org.uk

Schweden
Projekt: influensakoll
Leitung: Annasara Carnahan
Kontakt: influensakoll [at] smi.se

Frankreich
Projekt: grippenet
Leitung: Vittoria Colizza
Kontakt: vittoria.colizza [at] inserm.fr

Deutschland, Schweiz und Österreich
Projekt: Aktiv gegen Grippe
Leitung: Carl Koppeschaar
Kontakt: carl [at] scienceinaction.nl

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Influenzanet is part of the Epiwork WP5. This Work Package intends to overcome the limitation of the state of the art surveillance systems for Influenza by proposing an innovative ICT approach based on Web2.0 tools. (Epiwork WP5)