During the Annual Meeting of the European Influenza Surveillance Network (EISN), participants concluded that based on “countries’ experiences, systems installed prior to a crisis are easier to activate and are more effective during the actual event.”
The meeting, attended by more than 80 experts in influenza virology and epidemiology, also arrived at these conclusions:
- The official reporting of deaths during the pandemic is clearly underestimated. There is a need to improve the reporting of severe cases and estimation of the true extent of the deaths from influenza.
- The experience with a new and innovative test for detecting past infection with influenza was presented as part of the general discussion about the importance of serology in providing data to combat influenza. Experts are committed to see this important area improved, i.e., data with better quality should be more promptly available.
The meeting was participated by representatives from the EU Member States and experts from the US-based Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization in Geneva and its regional Office for Europe. It was held from 1-3 June in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The meeting report will be available shortly.
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