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Expert opinion on whole genome sequencing for public health surveillance

15 Aug 2016
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​Strategy to harness whole genome sequencing to strengthen EU outbreak investigations and public health surveillance
This document sets out the ECDC vision for using whole genome sequencing (WGS) technology within the context of its agreed strategy and roadmap for integrating typing data into EU level surveillance and cross-border outbreak assessment over the next five years.

The main focus of the discussion is on the strengths and weaknesses of WGS-based typing compared to other molecular typing methods; the current state and medium-term outlook for the development and harmonisation of WGS-based typing and the strategy and proposed role of ECDC in collaboration with the EU and global players leading the technical development and public health applications of WGS-based typing.

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