FluNet as a Tool for Global Monitoring of Influenza on the Web

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Abstract

In collaboration with the Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale, the World Health Organization (WHO) has developed an Internet application linking the global WHO network of influenza centers (FluNet; http://oms.b3e.jussieu.fr/flunet/). During 1997, 22 pilot centers entered data on influenza activity and viral laboratory results directly into FluNet via secured access. In addition, 54 centers sent data to WHO for entry. Four countries (the Russian Federation, Romania, Sweden, and the United Kingdom) reported widespread outbreaks of at least 4 weeks' duration. The FluNet server ran 24 hours a day without interruption. To improve management and enhance standardization of reporting, this early-alert system for the global monitoring of influenza provides international and national authorities, the public, and the media with full access to real-time epidemiological and virological information.

JAMA.1998;280:1330-1332

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