Influenzanet is a system to monitor the activity of influenza-like-illness (ILI) with the aid of volunteers via the internet

http://www.influenzanet.info/

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The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) bundles all research-related EU initiatives.

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Participating countries and volunteers:

The Netherlands 0
Belgium 0
Portugal 2385
Italy 5496
Great Britain 0
Sweden 0
Germany 0
Austria 0
Switzerland 2651
France 9437
Spain 1063
Ireland 262
InfluenzaNet is a system to monitor the activity of influenza-like-illness (ILI) with the aid of volunteers via the internet. It has been operational in The Netherlands and Belgium (since 2003), Portugal (since 2005) and Italy (since 2008), and the current objective is to implement InfluenzaNet in more European countries.

In contrast with the traditional system of sentinel networks of mainly primary care physicians coordinated by the European Influenza Surveillance Scheme (EISS), InfluenzaNet obtains its data directly from the population. This creates a fast and flexible monitoring system whose uniformity allows for direct comparison of ILI rates between countries.

Any resident of a country where InfluenzaNet is implemented can participate by completing an online application form, which contains various medical, geographic and behavioural questions. Participants are reminded weekly to report any symptoms they have experienced since their last visit. The incidence of ILI is determined on the basis of a uniform case definition.

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Afinal, adultos só têm gripe de cinco em cinco anos?

Afinal, adultos só têm gripe de cinco em cinco anos?

Apesar de a maior parte das pessoas se sentir doente e constipada com certa frequência, de acordo com o trabalho de uma equipa de investigadores internacionais que analisaram amostras de vírus de 151 indivíduos na China, foi estimado que um cidadão adulto só apanha o verdadeiro vírus da gripe uma vez de cinco em cinco anos. O resto podem ser infeções semelhantes, mas não gripe. Os investigadores, no entanto, não garantem que esta periodicidade se aplique invariavelmente a todas as populações. Saiba mais em Observador.pt.

Artigo na Plos Biology (em  Inglês)

(Fonte da imagem: Pixabay)

6 de March de 2015 às 21:57