Surveillance of Respiratory Syncitial Virus infections in Europe 2007-2008

Duration: Jan 2007 - Dec 2008

The RS virus causes a disease pattern that is hardly distinguishable from influenza, especially in young children and the elderly. This project examines to what extent RSV surveillance can be integrated with influenza surveillance, which determinants contribute to the spread of RSV and how RSV can be distinguished from influenza.

Research questions
- What is the contribution of RS virus infections to the annual influenza epidemic?
- How should RSV surveillance be carried out?
- How can a distinction be made between an RS virus infection and influenza?

Based on data derived from the surveillance in the context of the EISS project (see INT-005), data on the spread of RSV are combined with other data sources.

Understanding the specific contribution of RSV in respiratory disease.
Dit project wordt gesubsidieerd door
UMC St. Radboud Nijmegen, Netherlands; National Influenza Centres in all participating EU Member States