Influenzanet is a system to monitor the activity of influenza-like-illness (ILI) with the aid of volunteers via the internet
Thank you to all of our participants! Flusurvey launches on Wednesday 19th November 2014 for the 2014/5 flu season. We look forward to your engagement with this project this year, as in previous years.
This year we are pleased to announce an exciting collaboration with i-sense, an £11M EPSRC funded interdisciplinary research collaboration led by University College London to develop early warning sensing systems for infectious disease.
We have some exciting things in the pipeline being developed with i-sense collaborators:
Some participants this year will be able to take part in a self-swabbing exercise to see if the influenza-like symptoms that they report are being caused by a flu virus or something else.
We are also going to combine aggregated data from Flusurvey weekly symptoms surveys with that from social media and internet searches allowing flu trends to be monitored more accurately and earlier than ever before.
Finally i-sense researchers at UCL will be using Flusurvey data to develop a mobile app which will provide up to the minute information about flu hotspots.
More information about all these developments will be available shortly - watch this space!
Below see the amount of ILI reported around the UK right now. The map shows a gradient from no reported ILI (blue) to very high ILI (red). Map updated every three minutes.