European Journal of Epidemiology

, Volume 18, Issue 8, pp 751–754

Heterogeneous case definitions used for the surveillance of influenza in Europe

  • J.F. Aguilera
  • W.J. Paget
  • A. Mosnier
  • M.L. Heijnen
  • H. Uphoff
  • J. van der Velden
  • T. Vega
  • J.M. Watson
Article

Abstract

We reviewed the case definitions used by 21 influenza sentinel-based surveillance networks in Western Europe. Two clinical syndromes were used with a wide range of case definitions that nevertheless shared common criteria. Although there is currently no international consensus, efforts are being undertaken to standardise influenza case definitions in Europe.

Case definition Influenza Surveillance 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J.F. Aguilera
    • 1
  • W.J. Paget
    • 2
  • A. Mosnier
    • 3
  • M.L. Heijnen
    • 4
  • H. Uphoff
    • 5
  • J. van der Velden
    • 2
  • T. Vega
    • 6
  • J.M. Watson
    • 1
  1. 1.Respiratory Division, Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, Public Health Laboratory ServiceLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.European Influenza Surveillance Scheme (EISS), Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL)Utrecht
  3. 3.Groupes Régionaux d'Observation de la Grippe GROG coordination centre, Open RomeParisFrance
  4. 4.Rijksinstituut voor Vollksgezondheid en Milieu (RIVM)BilthovenThe Netherlands
  5. 5.German Green Cross, Service of EpidemiologyMarburgGermany
  6. 6.Servicio de Epidemiología, Consejería de Sanidad y Bienestar Social, Junta de Castilla y LeónValladolidSpain

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