EUGLOREH project
THE STATUS OF HEALTH IN THE EUROPEAN UNION:
TOWARDS A HEALTHIER EUROPE

FULL REPORT

PART II - HEALTH CONDITIONS

6. MAIN COMMUNICABLE DISEASES AND RELATED TIME-TRENDS: PREVALENCE, INCIDENCE AND MORTALITY

6.2. Data sources

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6.2. Data sources

 

The results presented here are mainly based on official data for the year 2005 reported by the countries, and from Eurostat for data on trends for the years 199520041. This information is complemented with data from several other sources, including EU-funded dedicated surveillance networks (DSNs), and relevant articles from scientific journals2.

 

However, the data on which to build such conclusions are far from perfect, and one important lesson to draw is that surveillance of communicable diseases in the European Union must be improved. There are huge differences of accuracy, and hence usefulness, of the reported data, both between diseases and between Member States.

 





1 The results presented here are from the Executive summary of the Annual Epidemiological Report of the European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) produced to serve as a tool to harness the available data for action. We refer those that would need more detailed information to the full Annual Epidemiological Report



2 References to these sources are available in the full Annual Epidemiological Report on Communicable Diseases in Europe. As the data comes from various sources, only confirmed cases are included where the status has been specified; the official total figure has been used for the other cases.