ICU respiratory admissions data for influenza severity surveillance?

Description: 

While influenza-like-illness (ILI) surveillance is well-organized at primary care level in Europe, little data is available on more severe cases. With retrospective data from ICU's we aim to fill this current knowledge gap and to explore its worth for prospective surveillance. Using multiple parameters proposed by the World Health Organization we estimated the burden of severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) to ICU and how this varies between influenza epidemics.

Objective: Intensive Care Unit (ICU) data are registered for quality monitoring in the Netherlands with near 100% coverage. They are a big data type source that may be useful for infectious disease surveillance. We explored their potential to enhance the surveillance of influenza which is currently based on the milder end of the disease spectrum. We ultimately aim to set up a real-surveillance system of severe acute respiratory infections.

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Original Publication Year: 
2019
Event/Publication Date: 
January, 2019

June 18, 2019

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