Excess mortality among the elderly in European Countries, December 2014 to February 2015

K. Mølbak, L. Espenhain, J. Nielsen, K. Tersago, N. Bossuyt, G. Denissov, A. Baburin, M. Virtanen, A. Fouillet, T. Sideroglou, K. Gkolfinopoulou, A. Paldy, J. Bobvos, L. Van Asten, M. De Lange, B. Nunes, S. Da Silva, A. Larrauri, I. L. Gómez, A. TsoumanisC. Junker, H. Green, R. Pebody, J. McMenamin, A. Reynolds, A. Mazick

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Abstract

Since December 2014 and up to February 2015, the weekly number of excess deaths from all-causes among individuals ≥ 65 years of age in 14 European countries have been significantly higher than in the four previous winter seasons. The rise in unspecified excess mortality coincides with increased proportion of influenza detection in the European influenza surveillance schemes with a main predominance of influenza A(H3N2) viruses seen throughout Europe in the current season, though cold snaps and other respiratory infections may also have had an effect.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEurosurveillance
Volume20
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Virology

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Mølbak, K., Espenhain, L., Nielsen, J., Tersago, K., Bossuyt, N., Denissov, G., Baburin, A., Virtanen, M., Fouillet, A., Sideroglou, T., Gkolfinopoulou, K., Paldy, A., Bobvos, J., Van Asten, L., De Lange, M., Nunes, B., Da Silva, S., Larrauri, A., Gómez, I. L., ... Mazick, A. (2015). Excess mortality among the elderly in European Countries, December 2014 to February 2015. Eurosurveillance, 20(11). https://doi.org/10.2807/1560-7917.ES2015.20.11.21065