Syndromic surveillance and UEFA Euro 2016 in France – Health impact assessment

France hosted 2016 UEFA European Football Championship between June 10 and July 10. In the particular context of several terrorist attacks occurring in France in 2015 [1], the French national public health agency « Santé publique France » (formerly French Institute for Public Health Surveillance-InVS) was mandated by the Ministry of Health to reinforce health population surveillance systems during the UEFA 2016 period. Six French regions and 10 main stadiums hosted 51 matches and several official and nonofficial dedicated Fan Zones were implemented in many cities across national territory.

August 20, 2017

Syndromic surveillance of air pollution incidents across international borders

The impact of poor air quality (AQ) on human health is a global issue, with periods of poor AQ known to occur in multiple locations, across different countries at, or around the same time. The Public Health England (PHE) Emergency Department Syndromic Surveillance System (EDSSS) is a public health legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, monitoring anonymised daily attendance data in near real-time from a sentinel network of up to 38 EDs across England and Northern Ireland during 2014.

August 20, 2017

User-friendly Rshiny web applications for supporting syndromic surveillance analysis

The French syndromic surveillance system SursaUD® has been set up by Santé publique France, the national public health agency (formerly French institute for public health - InVS) in 2004. In 2016, the system is based on three main data sources: the attendances in about 650 emergency departments (ED), the consultations to

August 22, 2017

Wikipedia: a tool to monitor seasonal diseases trends?

Today, Internet, especially Wikipedia, is an important part of everyday life. People can notably use this popular free online encyclopedia to search health-related information. Recent studies showed that Wikipedia data can be used to monitor and to forecast influenza-like illnesses in near real time in the United States [1,2].
 We carried out a study to explore whether French Wikipedia data allow to monitor the trends of five seasonal diseases in metropolitan France: influenza-like illness, gastroenteritis, bronchiolitis, chickenpox and asthma.


August 26, 2017

Impact Assessment of a Terrorist Attack Using Syndromic Surveillance, France, 2015

Since the terrorist attacks against the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in January 2015, France has activated the highest level of its national anti-terrorist security plan. A new terrorist attack occurred the 26th of June at 9:50 AM in a gas production plant located in the industrial area of Saint Quentin Fallavier nearby Lyon (East -South-of France). The plant produces several different chemical products like gas and plastics and employed 40 people. The attack resulted in an explosion followed by fire.

October 10, 2017

Impact of the 2015 July Heat Waves in France on Heat-Related Causes

Two major heat waves occurred in France in July 2015. A first episode characterized by early onset, intensity, large geographical coverage and duration occurred between 29th of June 8th of July. A second episode less intense was localized on the South-East of the country from 15th to 23rd of July.

October 10, 2017

Acute Gastroenteritis: Contribution of SOS Médecins Network

In France, the surveillance of GE is performed by several complementary systems including specific and syndromic surveillance systems.

August 07, 2017

Role of Influenza in ED Visits and Hospitalizations of Adults Over 65 Years in France

While the link between excess winter mortality and winter respiratory diseases in the elderly is well described, the impact of the epidemic of influenza in the elderly is mainly assessed in France through specific surveillance in the general population. Syndromic surveillance data enables to monitor ED attendances and hospitalizations for various diagnostic codes groupings throughout the influenza epidemic, some of which often cited as influenza proxies, such as cardiorespiratory diagnostic groups.

September 08, 2017

Factors Influencing the Stability and Quality of the French ED Surveillance System

Since 2004, the French syndromic surveillance system Oscour® has been implemented by the national institute for public health surveillance (InVS) and is daily used to detect and follow-up various public health events all over the territory [1]. Beginning with 23 ED in 2004, the coverage and data quality have permanently been increasing until including about 650 ED in August 2015.

September 11, 2017

The French Emergency Department OSCOUR Network: Evaluation After a 10-year Existence

After the major impact of the 2003 heat wave, France needed a reactive, permanent and national surveillance system enabling to detect and to follow-up various public health events all over the territory including overseas. In June 2004, the French syndromic surveillance system based on the emergency department (ED) has been implemented by the national institute for public health surveillance (InVS). Beginning with 23 ED in 2004, the network has progressively included new ED and several steps have contributed to accelerate this permanent increase.

December 11, 2017


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