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 12026
Belgium 3955
Portugal 1754
Italy 4331
Great Britain 4594
Sweden 3559
Germany 196
Austria 527
Switzerland 704
France 1
Spain 997
Ireland 296
Denmark 1417
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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Partners

The Netherlands and Belgium
Project leader: Carl Koppeschaar
Organisers Grote Griepmeting
redactie [at] grotegriepmeting.nl

Portugal
Project leader: Ricardo Mexia
Organisers Gripenet
info [at] gripenet.pt

Italy
Project leader: Daniela Paolotti
Organisers InfluWeb
info [at] influweb.it

United Kingdom
Project leaders: Chinelo Obi, Richard Peabody, John Edmunds
organisers Flusurvey
webmaster [at] flusurvey.org.uk

Sweden
Project leader: Edward Van Straten
organisers Influensakoll
influensakoll [at] smi.se

France
Project leader: Vittoria Colizza
vittoria.colizza [at] inserm.fr

Denmark
Project leader: Charlotte Kjelsø
influmeter [at] ssi.dk

Spain
Project Leader: Yamir Moreno
yamir.moreno [at] gmail.com

Ireland
Principal investigator: Jim Duggan
flusurveyie[at]gmail.com

Switzerland
Project leader: Dirk Helbing and Antoine Flahault info [at] grippenet.ch