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The public asked to help monitor spread of flu in the UK to achieve more accuracy than ever before

People taking part in this year’s Flusurvey, the ’s biggest crowd-sourced study of influenza will for the first time be offered a swab to confirm if their symptoms are caused by a virus or not as part of a new collaboration with i-sense. Data from social media and internet searches will also be combined with Flusurvey, allowing trends to be monitored across the more accurately and earlier than ever before.

[Clare Wenham Using the Flusurvey Nasal Swab Kit]
Flusurvey coordinator uses the nasal swab kit.

Credit: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine


The research is funded by an EPSRC i-sense Exploratory Project grant.

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine