PART II - HEALTH CONDITIONS
6. MAIN COMMUNICABLE DISEASES AND RELATED TIME-TRENDS: PREVALENCE, INCIDENCE AND MORTALITY
6.2. Data sources
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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 1995–20041. 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.