On 21st November 2017 a workshop was held at the National Centre for Infectious and Parasitic Disease, Sofia (NCIPD) on the implementation of the project “Surveillance and Response to Avian and Pandemic Influenza”, funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This project is being implemented by SECID in South-Eastern Europe.
Participants from different organizations attended the meeting.
The software for pilot case-based surveillance of acute respiratory infections as part of the existing web-based Information System for collecting and analyzing data on influenza and acute respiratory infections in Bulgaria was presented to the participants. The results of the application testing conducted by three pilot hospitals were also presented. The baseline data to be introduced for each patient meeting the SARIs case criteria were discussed.
The discussion was focused on the need for qualitative rather than quantitative surveillance. For that purpose the hospitals should have a willingness and determination to participate. The obligatory nature of sending samples from SARI patients to the NRL "Influenza and acute respiratory diseases" was also discussed. It was decided to further specify the minimum number of samples each hospital should send to meet the requirements for laboratory surveillance of SARI.
In conclusion it has been decided that each RHI will have to conduct further discussions with the hospitals, dedicated for SARI surveillance in order to definitively determine their number and to successfully launch the national SARI supervision.