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Invasive bacterial infections surveillance in European Union
EC contribution
: € 665.877
: 36 months
Starting date
: 02/10/2003
Funding scheme
: Health project
: communicable diseases, epidemiology, meningococcal disease, Haemophilus influenzae, conjugate vaccine, vaccination policy, Europe
Contract/Grant agreement number
: 2003202
Project web-site


Standardisation of epidemiological and laboratory methodologies across the EU allows valid overviews and comparisons to be drawn on the epidemiology of invasive Haemophilus influenzae (H. influenzae) and Neisseria meningitidis (N. meningitidis) diseases. These two diseases are both rare, and the EU-IBIS project allowed the pooling of data to increase the power of an epidemiological analysis.


The bacteria Neisseria meningitidis and Haemophilus influenzae are an important cause of invasive disease, including meningitis, septicaemia and epiglottitis, across Europe. These bacterial infections contribute to morbidity and mortality, particularly in young children, and represent an important public health problem.Surveillance of these diseases is vital so that the epidemiology of these infections can be characterised and the impact of vaccination programmes can be measured. Since these diseases are relatively uncommon (particularly after vaccination has been introduced) pooling data across many European countries will increase the power of any epidemiological analysis.

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