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News and announcements

19 Oct 2018

During the influenza season, week 40/2018 to week 20/2019, an analysis of the epidemiological situation in the European Region is jointly published every Friday by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the WHO Regional Office for Europe. The reported surveillance data show that influenza activity remains low throughout the region. Read more.

16 Oct 2018

International One Health Day, celebrated 3 November 2018, increases awareness of the One Health approach to complex health problems that involve people, animals and the environment. See how this is put into practice in our recent publication on West Nile virus in Italy.

26 Sep 2018

On 28 September, World Rabies Day raises awareness of the burden of rabies and enhances worldwide prevention and control efforts.

11 Sep 2018

On 26 September 2018, the first high-level meeting on ending tuberculosis (TB) takes place at the United Nations General Assembly. The meeting’s theme is ‘United to end tuberculosis: an urgent global response to a global epidemic’. Read more.

6 Sep 2018

Taking place 10 to 15 September, Peer Review Week is a global event celebrating the essential role that peer review plays in maintaining scientific quality. This year’s theme is Diversity and Inclusion. Read more.

14 Aug 2018

ECDC has published a Rapid Risk Assessment: Early large increase in West Nile virus infections reported in the EU/EEA and EU neighbouring countries.

7 Aug 2018

ECDC has published a Rapid Risk Assessment identifying public health risks related to communicable diseases during the Hajj 2018 in Saudi Arabia, 19 to 24 August 2018.

31 Jul 2018

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have released a report charting progress and discrepancies in tackling antimicrobial resistance in 154 countries. Read more.

17 Jul 2018

The European Commission’s Rapid Alert System for Food & Feed (RASFF) has released its 2018 country fact sheets, which provide an overview of the origin and distribution of notified products, as well as the most common product categories, hazard categories and notification types for the year in question.

26 Jun 2018

According to currently available evidence from appropriately designed studies, routine screening of asymptomatic men and women or routine testing of symptomatic individuals for Mycoplasma hominis, Ureaplasma urealyticum and U. parvum can not be recommended. Read the full position statement from the European STI Guidelines Editorial Board. 

26 Jun 2018

On 18 June the World Health Organization (WHO) released its new International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). The ICD provides a foundation for identifying global health trends and statistics, and comprises around 55,000 unique codes for injuries, diseases and causes of death. It offers a common language for health professionals to share health information internationally. Read more.

15 May 2018

In 2018, the European Commission is launching a Joint Action on vaccination co-funded by the Health Programme (€3 million). The Joint Action will address vaccine hesitancy and seek to increase vaccination coverage in the EU. It is coordinated by INSERM (France) and 24 countries (among them 20 EU) are partners. Click here for more information on the Joint Action and a general overview of action at the EU level.

3 May 2018

In commemoration of World Hand Hygiene Day on 5 May and 2018 marking 200 years after the birth of Ignaz Semmelweis, we have published an editorial titled Preventing sepsis in healthcare.

26 Apr 2018

We have now published an editorial and several vaccine-related articles in commemoration of European Immunisation Week 2018. See the entire issue by clicking here!

23 Apr 2018

It is European Immunisation Week (EIW) and this week's issue of Eurosurveillance will feature several vaccine-related articles. Stay tuned!

19 Apr 2018

We have now published the sixth article of our ‘Special issue–Screening and prevention of infectious diseases in newly arrived migrants in Europe’. This paper by Buonfrate et al. is about extended screening for infectious diseases among newly-arrived asylum seekers in Verona province, Italy. It follows the publication of several other articles that are a part of the special issue. More for the special issue will follow in the coming weeks – stay tuned.

19 Apr 2018

Submission deadline extended: you now have until 13 May 2018 to submit papers for our special issue on advanced diagnostics to inform public health policy.

5 Apr 2018

We have now published the fourth and fifth article of our ‘Special issue–Screening and prevention of infectious diseases in newly arrived migrants in Europe’. These two papers by Greenaway et al. are systematic reviews about the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of screening for active and latent tuberculosis among migrants in the EU/EEA. They follow the publication of three other articles that are a part of the special issue: one by Kuehne et al., one by Bil et al. and one by Mueller-Hermelink et al.. More for the special issue will follow in the coming weeks – stay tuned.

21 Mar 2018

The STI Treatment Pocket European Guidelines 2018, a summary of the European guidelines on sexually transmitted infection treatments and procedures, is available. The guidelines are produced on behalf of the several organisations and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) also contributed to their development. They are intended for use by specialists in the field of sexually transmitted infections. Click here to access the pocket guide.

15 Mar 2018

Ahead of the upcoming World TB day on 24 March, we have published the first two articles of our ‘Special issue–Screening and prevention of infectious diseases in newly arrived migrants in Europe’. One article by Fiebig et al. from Germany presents TB treatment outcomes among screened newly arrived asylum seekers in Germany, whereas Bil et al. report on the acceptance of integrating hepatitis B and C and HIV screening into TB entry screening for migrants in the Netherlands. More articles from the special issue will follow in the coming weeks – stay tuned.

6 Mar 2018

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recently released a report on antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic and indicator bacteria from humans, animals and food in 2016. According to the report, which highlights some emerging issues and confirms antimicrobial resistance as one of the biggest threats to public health, bacteria from humans and animals continue to show resistance to antimicrobials. Click here to access the full report.

1 Mar 2018

On 22 February 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) published recommendations on the composition of the quadrivalent vaccines for the 2018/19 northern hemisphere influenza season. As in previous years, national or regional authorities approve the composition and formulation of vaccines used in each country and are responsible for making recommendations regarding the use of the vaccine. Read here for more info.

1 Feb 2018

A public call for expressions of interest as Commission appointees to the Advisory Forum of ECDC has been made. The selection procedure is looking to appoint representatives of non-governmental organisations representing patients, professional bodies or academia. The deadline for applications is 16 February 2018. Click here for more info.

12 Jan 2018

This year’s EFSA conference, Science, Food, Society, is constructed around the motto ‘contextualising risk assessment’ and will take place from 18–21 September in Parma. The call for posters is now open and early career researchers are particularly encouraged to submit a proposal by 2 April.

12 Jan 2018

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on possible activities to include in a proposal for a Council Recommendation on Strengthened Cooperation against Vaccine Preventable Diseases in the EU. The objective of the consultation is to collect the views and input of citizens, administrations, associations and other relevant organisations, with input invited until 15 March. For more general information on EU action on vaccination, visit this page.

12 Dec 2017

The joint EFSA and ECDC report on trends and sources of zoonoses, zoonotic agents and food-borne outbreaks in 2016 was published on 12 December. The report is based on data collected from all 28 European Union (EU) countries and nine other European countries. One key finding was that the declining trend of salmonellosis cases in the EU has levelled off. Click here to read the full report.

6 Dec 2017

The European Commission would like to hear your views on strengthened cooperation against vaccine preventable diseases. The roadmap on such has now been published, and you have until 1 January 2018 to provide your feedback. Visit this page to do so.

4 Dec 2017

In light of World AIDS Day 2017 on 1 December, ECDC has released several publications. One is the report, ‘HIV/AIDS surveillance in Europe 2017 – 2016 data’. It presents data on HIV and AIDS for the whole European Region, including the EU and EEA countries. Another is a series of comprehensive guides to the effective use of digital platforms for STI/HIV prevention among MSM in the EU/EEA. For these publications and others, click here.

29 Nov 2017

Eurosurveillance invites authors to submit papers for a special issue on advanced diagnostics to inform public health policy. Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to: pathogen- or disease-specific use of advanced diagnostics in public health microbiology; the possible role of rapid diagnostic testing in public health and cross-border health security; policy and regulatory aspects of harnessing new technologies for public health. The submission deadline is 15 April 2018. For the full call for papers and more information, click here.

21 Nov 2017

On 20 November, 27 Member States of the European Union (EU) decided to move the European Medicines Agency (EMA) from London to Amsterdam. The EMA is a key regulatory agency essential for the authorisation of medicines. Its relocation is a consequence of the United Kingdom's decision to leave the EU. The remaining 27 Member States decided on its new location – along with that of the European Banking Authority (EBA) – by vote. Additional information is available here.

10 Nov 2017

The 10th European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) is on 18 November. In light of this occasion, ECDC is organising an event in Brussels on 15 November and launching a social media campaign called #KeepAntibioticsWorking. Click here for more details about the event and responsible antibiotic use.

19 Oct 2017

Introduction to evidence-based methods and tools, a one-day training course organised by ECDC, will be held on 9 November (the day after the ESCAIDE conference). The target audience are professionals attending the ESCAIDE conference who would like to get to know the principles and main tools and methods for evidence-based practice and decision-making. Click here for more details.

18 Oct 2017

Eurosurveillance will be hosting its sixth scientific seminar at this year's ESCAIDE conference. Professor Sylvie van der Werf and Professor Luca Guardabassi will be speaking at the seminar, One Health – we are in this together – viral and bacterial diseases at the animal human interface, which is open to all ESCAIDE participants on 6 November. Click here for more details.

25 Sep 2017

The call for EU-track fellows for cohort 2018 of the ECDC Fellowship Programme is now open. Interested candidates can apply to become a fellow in one of the two paths offered by the Programme: EPIET field epidemiology and EUPHEM public health microbiology.

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