European external quality assessment programme for influenza virus 2018
Influenza epidemics occur every winter with high impact on disease burden, hospitalisations and excess mortality in countries in the WHO European Region. To understand the characteristics of circulating influenza viruses during seasonal epidemics, virological influenza surveillance is performed and detected viruses are further characterised at national influenza centres (NICs) that are part of the wider network of the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS). External quality assessments (EQAs) are important instruments in assessing the quality of the generated data that are reported nationally and internationally through The European Surveillance System (TESSy).
Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, February 2019
All 30 countries reported measles data for December 2018, with 457 cases reported by 21 countries and nine countries reporting no cases. Overall, case numbers continued to increase compared with the previous two months. Poland, Romania, Italy, France and Slovakia had the highest case counts with 114, 70, 68, 54 and 52 cases, respectively.