A system used by European countries to report outbreaks saw the number of requests fall in 2020 compared to the year before.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) hosts the Epidemic Intelligence Information System for food- and waterborne diseases (EPIS-FWD) platform, which includes Urgent Inquiries.

Urgent inquiries (UI) are launched by countries or ECDC to assess the potential multi-country aspect of national events.

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In 2020, 72 urgent inquiries were initiated compared to 88 in 2019, the highest number since the platform was launched. This past year, alerts came from 16 of 52 countries
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A European system used by countries to report outbreaks saw a record number of alerts in 2019.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) hosts the Epidemic Intelligence Information System for food- and waterborne diseases (EPIS-FWD) platform. The network is a restricted web-based platform for experts to help with early detection and coordination of response to multi-country outbreaks through sharing information.

It consists of Urgent Inquiries and associated forums, which are the outbreak alert and investigation tools. The forums allow information to be shared about the outbreak investigation among a restricted number of experts. Nominated people outside the
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