Influenza virus characterisation Summary, Europe, September 2016

Surveillance report
Publication series: Influenza Virus Characterisation
Time period covered: 2015 - 2016

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Influenza virus characterisation, summary Europe, September 2016. Stockholm: ECDC; 2016.

​In the course of the 2015–2016 influenza season, over 139 000 influenza detections across the Region have been reported. Influenza type A viruses have prevailed over type B with A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses, greatly outnumbering A(H3N2) and B/Victoria-lineage detections representing two-thirds of the type B viruses assigned to a lineage.
Since 1 January 2016, EU/EEA countries have shared 596 influenza-positive specimens with the Francis Crick Institute, London, for detailed characterisation. Since the July report, 47 viruses have been characterised antigenically and genetically.