Epidemic intelligence tools and information resources

Tools (public access)

epitweetr

ECDC has developed the R-based tool epitweetr that allows users to automatically monitor trends of tweets by time, place and topic, with the aim of detecting public health threats early through signals, such as an unusual increase in the number of tweets. It was designed to support public health experts with the early detection of threats from infectious diseases but can be extended to all hazards and other fields of study by modifying the topics and keywords.

Tools (restricted access)

Threat Tracking Tool (TTT)

ECDC has developed a data base, the Threat Tracking Tool (TTT) that allows ECDC to keep track of verified events with a known or possible impact on public health. TTT is designed to support ECDC activities on epidemic intelligence registering, documenting and monitoring threats that ECDC has detected through sources of information. 

TTT will be replaced by the EpiPulse platform during 2021.

EPIS

The Epidemic Intelligence Information System (EPIS) is a web-based communication platform that allows nominated public health experts to exchange technical information to assess whether current and emerging public health threats have a potential impact in the European Union (EU). EPIS platforms are progressively being replaced by the EpiPulse platform during 2021 and 2022. 

Information sources

Open access

Source

​Description

​Access

​MEDISYS

​News aggregator for all hazards

​Public access​

​HealthMap

​News aggregator for disease outbreak monitoring and real-time surveillance

​Public access​

ProMED

​The program for monitoring emerging diseases of the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID)

​Public access​

​FluTrackers

​Website, online forum and early warning system for infectious diseases

​Public access​

Facebook

Social media platform. It requires an account to access the platform

Public access

Twitter

Microblogging service and social media platform. It requires an account to access the platform

Public access

​CIDRAP

​Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy

​Public access​

Outbreak News Today

​Health and disease news website focused on the latest news and information pertaining to infectious diseases

​Public access​

ReliefWeb

Humanitarian information service provided by OCHA on global crises and disasters

Public access

The New Humanitarian

Independent news agency focusing on humanitarian issues

​Public access​

GeoSentinel/ EuroTravNet

Worldwide communication and data collection network for the surveillance of travel-related morbidity

Public access

TropNet

European Network for Tropical Medicine and Travel Health

Public access

​NaTHNac

​British National Travel Health Network and Centre

​Public access​

Eurostat

Statistical office of the European Union

Public access

​​WAHIS OIE

World Animal Health Information Database Interface of the World Organisation for Animal Health

Public access

GDACS

​Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS)

​Public access

ESA Platform

French Platform for Animal Health Surveillance

Public access

​RSOE EDIS

​Emergency and Disaster Information Service (EDIS) operated by the National Association of Radio Distress-Signalling and Infocommunications (RSOE)

​Public access​

IOM

International Organization for Migration

Public access

UNHCR

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Public access

Frontex

European Boarder and Coast Guard Agency

Public access

World Bank

The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans to countries for capital programs.

Public access

CDC

​Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - USA

​Public access​

ECHO

European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations

Public access

OCHA

​United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

​Public access

WHO sources

​Source

​Description

​Access

WHO EURO

WHO Regional Office for Europe

Public access

WHO WPRO

WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific

Public access​

WHO SEARO

WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia

Public access​

WHO EMRO

WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

Public access

WHO AFRO

WHO Regional Office for Africa

Public access

WHO PAHO

WHO Regional Office for the Americas

Public access

WHO DON

WHO Disease Outbreak News

Public access

WHO​

World Health Organization 

Public access

Restricted sources

​Source

​Description

​Access

EWRS

The Early Warning and Response System of the European Union. Access and posting is limited to public health authorities of the EU/EEA Member States and the competent service of the European Commission

Restricted

EPIS

Epidemic Intelligence Information System

Restricted

GIDEON

Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Network

Restricted

​GPHIN

​Global Public Health Intelligence Network

​Restricted

RASFF

EU Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF). It contains alerts, information, border rejections and news. Part of the information is publicly available

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EIOS

Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources.

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ADNS

Animal Disease Notification System

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