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Respiratory diseases, musculoskeletal conditions, depressive symptoms and diabetes:
New data from the RKI published in Journal of Health Monitoring 3/2017

Respiratory diseases are major causes of disease burden and mortality. They are also the focus of the latest issue of the Journal of Health Monitoring, which features a Focus article that considers acute respiratory diseases such as influenza as well as chronic lung diseases including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. In addition, the Journal also contains Fact sheets on asthma and COPD describing the latest findings from the ‘German Health Update’ study (GEDA 2014/2015). Influenza and acute respiratory infections, asthma and COPD are common chronic diseases that have high social and economic relevance. COPD is also one of the leading causes of death in Germany and worldwide

Date: 13.09.2017

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The Robert Koch Institute is the public health institute in Germany. Around 1,080 people including 450 scientists work here. Learn more about the tasks and projects of the institute’s departments and units.

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International Activities

The Robert Koch Institute is a global health hub. The institute cooperates closely with partner countries and institution from all over the world in order to investigate pathogens, tackle outbreaks, provide reliable diagnostics, train staff and more.

Health reporting

Health reporting

Robert Koch Institute's federal health reporting continuously informs about the health status of people in Germany - in various reports as well as in the Journal of Public Health (available also in English).

Virus Explorer image database

Virus Explorer image database

The Virus Explorer for diagnostic electron microscopy (DEM) is an offline database by RKI containing images of viruses relevant in infectious diseases of humans. It can be used for diagnostic as well as training and teaching purposes.

History of the Robert Koch Institute

History of the Robert Koch Institute

The Robert Koch Institute is one of the oldest bio­medi­cal re­search institutes in the world. Learn more about its his­tory and its first direc­tor, Robert Koch.

German Centre for Cancer Registry Data

German Centre for Cancer Registry Data

The German Centre for Cancer Registry Data at RKI combines, checks and analyses data from the population-based cancer registries of the German federal states.