WHO Expert Working Group Meeting on RSV Surveillance based on the GISRS Platform
2–3 February, 2016 Starling Hotel & Conference Center, Geneva, Switzerland
As a follow up to the WHO efforts in 2015 on establishing RSV surveillance based on GISRS, this expert group meeting aimed to define optimal case definitions that will cover not only influenza patients but also individuals infected with RSV, identify possible strategies for case selection, and agree on the best laboratory methods for RSV testing. This RSV pilot covers 14 countries and is planned to last 3 years. The pilot should make it possible to determine whether RSV surveillance can be built on the influenza surveillance platform; that is, whether useful baseline data on RSV epidemiology can be obtained without negatively affecting the quality of influenza surveillance.
In each of the six WHO regions, the regional office identified two or three countries in which RSV surveillance has already been taken on by the national influenza centre. In addition, three laboratories with longstanding experience on RSV diagnostics, surveillance and research agreed to take on support activities for the participating laboratories in the 14 pilot countries.