6th Joint WHO/Europe–ECDC Annual European Influenza Surveillance Meeting
The joint annual influenza surveillance meeting by ECDC and the WHO Regional Office for Europe will take place on 6 - 8 June 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Invited participants are epidemiological and virological surveillance experts nominated by national health authorities as well as representatives from international institutions, covering the 53 countries of the EU/EEA and the WHO European region. The meeting is by invitation only.
Influenza surveillance for the 2017-2018 season is starting
ECDC monitors and reports on influenza transmission and virus circulation in Europe on a weekly basis throughout the flu season, in collaboration with WHO Regional Office for Europe, in the report Flu News Europe.
ECDC Annual Influenza Meeting, 2017
The annual influenza meeting will focus on new developments in influenza surveillance at the country and regional level, seasonal influenza vaccination programmes, provide an update on the global situation with regard to outbreaks of avian influenza and other emerging respiratory pathogens, and provide a forum for exchanging experiences from the past influenza season.
Mutation of avian influenza A(H7N9): now highly pathogenic for poultry but risk of human-to-human transmission remains low
The upsurge of human cases in China during the winter 2016-2017 due to A(H7N9) gives cause for concern.
Recent upsurge of A(H7N9) cases in China, updated rapid risk assessment
A steep increase of human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) has been reported since the beginning of December 2016 from China. At present, the most immediate threat to EU citizens is to those living or visiting influenza A(H7N9)-affected areas in China concludes the updated rapid risk assessment.
A(H5N8) risk to humans is very low, updated rapid risk assessment
Eight European countries have reported highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5N8) viruses in wild birds, zoo birds and poultry holdings.