- Weekly Influenza Surveillance Overview to be published today;
- Episouth and Epinorth updates included;
- Eurosurveillance updates included;
- Selected scientific articles reviewed;
- A total of 2 078 fatal cases in Europe and EFTA countries and 11 685 in the rest of the world have been reported up to date.
All 27 EU and 4 EFTA countries are reporting cases of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza. A total of 2 078 deaths have been reported since April 2009 (Table 2). From week 41 to 51 the numbers of deaths each had shown a steady increase almost doubling every fortnight over six weeks. The fall observed in weeks 52 and 53 was to be expected as it represents official reports placed on national web-sites and a number of Member States have not been doing this in what was a holiday week. While the most deaths have to date been in Western Europe there are increasing numbers of deaths being reported from Central and Eastern Europe. The reported cumulative fatal pandemic (H1N1) cases in the world have now passed 10,000 cases (Table 2). However, because of lack of laboratory confirmation and underreporting among other factors, this is likely to be a gross underestimation of the true number of fatalities associated with the pandemic. Available updates on hospital admissions, per Member State, can be found in Table 1.
Weekly Influenza Surveillance Overview
The ECDC Weekly Influenza Surveillance Overview will be published this afternoon and will be available at: http://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/activities/surveillance/EISN/Pages/EISN_Bulletin.aspx