Preparedness planning for respiratory viruses in EU Member States
This summary report describes the methodological approach applied in the case study, as well as a series of crosscutting findings that may also be of relevance to other EU Member States.
Diagnostic preparedness in Europe for detection of avian influenza A(H7N9) viruses
In China, a novel avian-origin reassortant influenza A(H7N9) virus has been detected in a number of human cases.
External quality assessment scheme for antiviral susceptibility detection in influenza viruses
The first European external quality assessment exercise for antiviral susceptibility detection in influenza viruses was carried out during winter 2010/11. Twenty laboratories from 16 European countries participated in the exercise.
External quality assessment scheme for influenza virus detection and culture for the Community Network of Reference Laboratories for Human Influenza in Europe 2010/2011
Results of the 2nd ECDC/CNRL external quality assurance (EQA) scheme for influenza virus detection and culture show a high standard of influenza virus detection and typing maintained across influenza reference laboratories in EU/EEA countries.
CNRL in silico exercise to determine the capabilities of network laboratories to detect triple reassortant swine origin influenza A(H3N2) viruses
Following the emergence of swine influenza A(H3N2) variant (v) viruses with sporadic human infections in North America, the Community Network of Reference Laboratories (CNRL) and the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency completed an exercise to assess the CNRL’s capability to detect novel reassortant and circulating triple reassortant swine viruses (TRA) in humans.
Key changes to pandemic plans by Member States of the WHO European Region based on lessons learnt from the 2009 pandemic
A joint WHO Europe-ECDC report summarising key changes in pandemic preparedness plans across 45 countries is published.
Review of ECDC’s response to the influenza pandemic 2009/10
This report presents the final conclusions from an evaluation of ECDC’s response to the 2009 influenza pandemic. The evaluation was undertaken by an external panel of experts with extensive experience in communicable disease control, crisis management, and influenza programmes. They considered ECDC’s performance in the areas of crisis management, surveillance, scientific advice and communication.
Weekly influenza surveillance overview January 7, 2011 - Week 52
Generally, reporting of influenza has been less complete over weeks 51 and 52 due to the holiday period, which reduces consulting rates and reporting to national centres and subsequently onto ECDC. Nevertheless, in week 52/2010, 15 of the 25 countries reported increasing trends of influenza activity.