Serbia, Workshop to discuss Influenza Surveillance, ILI/SARI

On 21st June 2016 Institute of Public Health of Serbia ‘Dr Milan Jovanovic Batut’ organized a workshop aiming to discuss influenza surveillance i.e. to improve hospital sentinel surveillance of the severe acute respiratory infection.

This activity was held in the framework of the project “Surveillance and Response to Avian and Pandemic Influenza”, Grant Nr. 5U51IP000841-03, funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

During the meeting, National coordinator for influenza presented the achievements and challenges of ILI/SARI surveillance in Serbia, as well as a new method of submitting data for hospital sentinel SARI surveillance with technical support by IT expert from Institute of Public Health of Serbia.

Participants discussed about hospital SARI sentinel surveillance including case definition, period of symptoms onset, any exclusion criteria reporting, national guidance implemented at each sentinel site, respiratory specimen collection, frequency sending specimens, max number of specimens that can be processed per week, detection, the quality and completeness of epidemiologic and virological data, sampling of swabs, the timely reporting as well as currently circulating seasonal influenza viruses.

It was also discussed about the supervision of 5 sentinel sites in health centers in Belgrade and districts visited during the period January-June 2016.