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Indicator-based surveillance

 
(For event-based surveillance, go to Epidemic Intelligence.)
 
 

Diseases and countries under EU surveillance 

ECDC collects, analyses and disseminates surveillance data on 52 communicable diseases and related special health issues from all 28 European Union (EU) Member States and two of the three remaining European Economic Area (EEA) countries (Iceland and Norway). Data submission and subsequent validation is the responsibility of European networks of disease experts nominated by Member States and coordinated by ECDC through its disease programmes.  
 

 Surveillance data and frequencies of reporting 

Surveillance data collected at the European level are predominantly case-based and comprise demographic, clinical, epidemiological and laboratory information. They are reported annually (for most diseases and special health issues), quarterly (for salmonellosis and infection with enterohaemorrhagic E. coli), monthly (for measles and rubella), weekly (for influenza and West Nile fever) or daily (for travel-associated Legionnaires’ disease), as required for specific objectives, outputs and ensuing public health actions. 
 

Joint efforts for standardising EU surveillance  

ECDC and the European disease networks ensure standardised reporting and data comparability across Member States through use of common (externally quality-assured) diagnostic and typing methods, case definitions, metadata and reporting protocols. ECDC and the Member States also strive for routine data quality monitoring and evaluation of surveillance systems.   
 

Technical platform 

The technical platform for EU/EEA communicable disease surveillance, i.e. web-based data submission, data storage and dissemination is The European Surveillance System (TESSy), a password-protected, fully anonymised database hosted by ECDC. 
 

Outputs

ECDC uses indicator-based surveillance data to produce an Annual Epidemiological Report covering all diseases and special health topics under surveillance. ECDC and its disease networks further publish weekly, monthly, annual or multi-annual disease-specific surveillance reports and peer-reviewed scientific articles. In addition, the Surveillance Atlas for Infectious Diseases and several other publicly accessible databases enable interactive exploration of EU/EEA surveillance data for a growing subset of diseases and special health topics.
 

Data access 

ECDC and nominated Member State surveillance experts are the default users of case-based EU/EEA surveillance data, but data access may also be granted to third parties upon request.
 
 

 TESSy

 
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