Data quality of 5 years of central norovirus outbreak reporting in the European Network for food-borne viruses

A Kroneman, J Harris, H Vennema, E Duizer, Y van Duynhoven, J Gray, M Iturriza, B Böttiger, G Falkenhorst, C Johnsen, C-H von Bonsdorff, L Maunula, M Kuusi, P Pothier, A Gallay, E Schreier, J Koch, G Szücs, G Reuter, K KrisztalovicsM Lynch, P McKeown, B Foley, S Coughlan, F M Ruggeri, I Di Bartolo, K Vainio, E Isakbaeva, M Poljsak-Prijatelj, A Hocevar Grom, A Bosch, J Buesa, A Sanchez Fauquier, G Hernandéz-Pezzi, K-O Hedlund, M Koopmans

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The outbreaks reported to the FBVE reflect the lack of standardization of surveillance systems across Europe, making direct comparison of data between countries difficult. However, trends in reported outbreaks per country, distribution of NoV genotypes, and detection of diffuse international outbreaks were used as background data in acute questions about NoV illness and the changing genotype distribution during the 5-year period, shown to be of added value. Integrated reporting is essential for these objectives, but could be limited to sentinel countries with surveillance systems that allow this integration. For successful intervention in case of diffuse international outbreaks, completeness and timeliness of reporting would need to be improved and expanded to countries that presently do not participate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-90
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Public Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

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