ECDC publications available online since May 2010

Annual Report of the Director: 2009

This reports on the work of ECDC during 2009. The year was dominated by the influenza pandemic, but the Centre concurrently continued to meet its other public health and disease-specific obligations. Activities are described by unit and by disease-specific programme with an additional summary of the Centre’s response to the A(H1N1) pandemic.

Read more: Annual_Report_of_the_Director_2009.pdf

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Possible target readership: policymakers, stakeholders.


Risk assessment on Q fever

Although typically a mild and self-limiting disease, Q fever can cause severe complications. A panel of experts reviewed the best available evidence in order to address issues related to chronic Q fever, transmission through blood transfusion, and risks during pregnancy.

This risk assessment was carried out at the request of the European Commission, and in collaboration with the European Food Safety Authority.

Read more: Risk_Assessment_Qfever.pdf

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Possible target readership: Clinicians, public health officials concerned with blood donor programmes, public health policymakers


Influenza surveillance in Europe 2008/09

This report presents and analyses data collected via a variety of surveillance methods to provide a comprehensive epidemiological overview of influenza in the EU and other EEA countries for the 2008/09 season. It includes syndromic surveillance data on influenza-like illness and acute respiratory tract infections; virological surveillance of the circulating influenza strains; and surveillance of the 2009 pandemic.

Given the emergence of the 2009 pandemic influenza A(H1N1), the period of reporting was extended to cover a full year. It therefore provides an analysis of the situation from week 40 of 2008 to week 39 of 2009.

Read more: Influenza_Europe.pdf

Possible target readership: influenza specialists, policymakers, virologists


Annual meeting of the European Influenza Surveillance Network (EISN)

The objectives of this meeting were to describe the epidemiological and virological situation of influenza during the 2008/09 season in Europe and prepare the network members to use TESSy as a new IT infrastructure, with new variables and database structure discussed.

The transfer of the coordination of the influenza surveillance network to ECDC was concluded successfully and the operation of the network continued without any problems. In addition to clinical surveillance at the primary care level, countries are now encouraged to establish systems of surveillance of severe acute respiratory infection.

Read more: first_annual_meeting.pdf

Possible target readership: Policy makers, virologists


Weekly influenza surveillance overview

Published every Friday, the weekly influenza surveillance overview is a collection of timely and relevant information regarding influenza activity in Europe. It provides key statistical data on a variety of issues including the following: sentinel surveillance of influenza like illness (ILI) and acute respiratory illness (ARI); virological surveillance; aggregate numbers of pandemic H1N1 2009; hospital surveillance of severe acute respiratory infection (SARI); mortality surveillance; and qualitative reporting.