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Sharing timely, reliable and comparable microbiological data across Europe is essential for the efficient prevention and control of communicable diseases. Thus, ECDC’s Public Health Microbiology Programme aims to strengthen the capacity of expert and reference laboratories in Europe and foster laboratory collaborations.
The Programme encompasses all laboratory cooperation activities and microbiology projects of ECDC.
Read more about the Public Health Microbiology Programme




How to better report molecular typing data in epidemiological studies

A scientific opinion paper has been published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases to improve the quality and consistency of reporting research in molecular epidemiology for infectious diseases. A working group of experts with various backgrounds (epidemiologists, statisticians, bioinformaticians, virologists and microbiologists) have drafted this statement – STROME-ID – to be used by scientists, clinicians, public health specialists but also journal editors and grant reviewers.  Improving the quality and transparency of scientific reporting would be beneficial for evidence reviews and health policy decision making.

Read the STROME-ID paper, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases on 14 March 2014:

Strengthening the Reporting of Molecular Epidemiology for Infectious Diseases (STROME-ID): an extension of the STROBE statement



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