Virological surveillance of influenza viruses in the WHO European Region in 2019/20 - impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Melidou A, Pereyaslov D, Hungnes O, Prosenc K, Alm E, Adlhoch C, Fielding J, Sneiderman M, Martinuka O, Celentano LP, Pebody R, WHO European Region influenza surveillance network , WHO European Region Influenza Surveillance Network author list

Euro Surveill 25 (46) - [2020-11-00; online 2020-11-21]

The COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted the 2019/20 WHO European Region influenza surveillance. Compared with previous 4-year averages, antigenic and genetic characterisations decreased by 17% (3,140 vs 2,601) and 24% (4,474 vs 3,403). Of subtyped influenza A viruses, 56% (26,477/47,357) were A(H1)pdm09, 44% (20,880/47,357) A(H3). Of characterised B viruses, 98% (4,585/4,679) were B/Victoria. Considerable numbers of viruses antigenically differed from northern hemisphere vaccine components. In 2020/21, maintaining influenza virological surveillance, while supporting SARS-CoV-2 surveillance is crucial.

Category: Health

Type: Journal article

PubMed 33213683

DOI 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2020.25.46.2001822

Crossref 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2020.25.46.2001822

pmc: PMC7678039

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