Belgian National Influenza Centre
Centre National de Référence pour la Grippe, Belgique
Nationaal Reference Centrum voor Griep, België
Through specialized networks in Belgium, we cover the laboratory part of the surveillance of Influenza virus circulation during the yearly epidemics.
The data collected in Belgium are fed into the surveillance systems
and of the World Health Organization (GIRSR).
THIS WEEK IN A NUTSHELL
Active surveillance of seasonal (winter) flu runs from week 40 (beginning of October) till week 20 of the following year.
Samples received from ILI/SARI surveillance networks are first analysed by real-time RT-PCR to detect and characterize influenza viruses.
Surveillance for season 2019/2020 has officially started for ILI since September 30th 2019.
SARI surveillance has started since January 6th 2020.
All other hospitals in Belgium are invited to send samples from
week 04: Belgium reports low activity though increasing trend
virological data update:
since the beginning of season 2019/2020, the NIC has received and analysed:
211 ILI & 275 SARI
Detection of A/H1N1, A/H3N2 and B/Victoria
Last update of data: 30/01/2020
THE TWO MAIN NETWORKS
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