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Euroflu's weekly flu reports are also available and are as per below.

EuroFlu - Weekly Electronic Bulletin
Week 47 : 19/11/2012-25/11/2012 30 November 2012, Issue N° 464

Generally low influenza activity in Europe, but more countries reporting increasing ILI or ARI rates

Summary, week 47/2012

Levels of influenza activity in the WHO European Region remain low, but more countries are reporting increasing rates of influenza-like illness (ILI) and/or acute respiratory infection (ARI) than in the previous week. Sporadic detections of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09, A(H3N2) and type B continue to be reported, almost exclusively in the north-western part of the Region. The number of hospitalizations due to severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) is stable, with very few cases testing positive for influenza to date.

Description of influenza surveillance

The EuroFlu bulletin describes and comments on influenza activity in the 53 countries in the WHO European Region. Most of these countries monitor influenza activity through surveillance of influenza-like illness (ILI) and/or acute respiratory infection (ARI) in primary care clinics, with some countries also conducting hospital-based surveillance for severe disease. Surveillance data in the Region are collected from sentinel and non-sentinel systems. Sentinel data come from a network of designated clinicians who routinely and systematically collect respiratory specimens from ILI, ARI or SARI cases according to standard case definitions. Non-sentinel data come from a variety of other sources, including community outbreaks, general practitioners and hospitals that are not part of the sentinel surveillance system for influenza, which may not use a standard case definition for ILI, ARI or SARI. This report collates and interprets the epidemiological and virological data provided from the different surveillance systems in the Region, to provide information to clinicians, public health specialists and the public on the timing of the influenza season, the spread of influenza in the Region, the prevalence and characteristics of circulating influenza viruses (type, subtype/lineage, antigenic and genetic properties), and severity in terms of numbers of confirmed cases, geographic spread, disease caused and impact on health systems.

Virological surveillance for influenza

This section describes which influenza viruses are circulating according to influenza type (A and B) and subtype (A(H3N2) and A(H1N1)pdm09) or lineage (B/Victoria or B/Yamagata). Overall, a total of 143 specimens tested positive for influenza in week 47/2012: 77 (54%) were type A and 66 (46%) type B. Of the influenza A viruses 41 were subtyped: 28 as A(H3N2) and 13 as A(H1N1)pdm09 (Fig. 1). Since week 40/2012, 637 influenza viruses from sentinel and non-sentinel sources have been typed: 389 (61%) were influenza A and 248 (39%) influenza B. Of the influenza A viruses 237 were subtyped: 139 (59%) as A(H3N2) and 98 (41%) as A(H1N1)pdm09. Based on data reported since week 40, influenza virus circulation is largely confined to the north-western part of the Region.


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