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Title: Participatory Syndromic Surveillance of Influenza in Europe
Author: Guerrisi, Caroline
Turbelin, Clément
Blanchon, Thierry
Hanslik, Thomas
Bonmarin, Isabelle
Levy-Bruhl, Daniel
Perrotta, Daniela
Paolotti, Daniela
Smallenburg, Ronald
Koppeschaar, Carl
Franco, Ana O.
Mexia, Ricardo
Edmunds, W. John
Sile, Bersabeh
Pebody, Richard
van Straten, Edward
Meloni, Sandro
Moreno, Yamir
Duggan, Jim
Kjelsø, Charlotte
Colizza, Vittoria
Keywords: Influenza
Participatory Surveillance
Crowdsourced Data
Risk Factors
Vigilância Participativa
Estados de Saúde e de Doença
Observação em Saúde e Vigilância
Issue Date: 14-Nov-2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press/Infectious Diseases Society of America
Citation: J Infect Dis. 2016;214(S4):S386–92. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiw280
Abstract: The growth of digital communication technologies for public health is offering an unconventional means to engage the general public in monitoring community health. Here we present Influenzanet, a participatory system for the syndromic surveillance of influenza-like illness (ILI) in Europe. Through standardized online surveys, the system collects detailed profile information and self-reported symptoms volunteered by participants resident in the Influenzanet countries. Established in 2009, it now includes 10 countries representing more than half of the 28 member states of the European Union population. The experience of 7 influenza seasons illustrates how Influenzanet has become an adjunct to existing ILI surveillance networks, offering coherence across countries, inclusion of nonmedically attended ILI, flexibility in case definition, and facilitating individual-level epidemiological analyses generally not possible in standard systems. Having the sensitivity to timely detect substantial changes in population health, Influenzanet has the potential to become a viable instrument for a wide variety of applications in public health preparedness and control.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1093/infdis/jiw280
ISSN: 0022-1899
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