ECDC publishes interim case definition and case finding algorithm for reporting patients with A(H7N9)
The case definition and case finding algorithm have been prepared for surveillance purposes only and they will be adjusted as the current avian influenza A(H7N9) situation develops.
The document published today by ECDC sets out a proposed case definition and case finding algorithm for cases of infection with influenza A(H7N9) in EU/EEA Member States.
These case definition and case finding algorithm have been prepared for surveillance purposes only. They will be adjusted as the current avian influenza A(H7N9) situation develops. They do not provide guidance for clinical diagnosis, nor for management of persons requiring investigation or confirmed cases.
Whole genome sequencing: new ECDC framework suggests priority diseases and implementation options
4 Apr 2019 - Whole genome sequencing (WGS) is a fast-moving technology, but the pace of change vary between pathogens/diseases and European Union countries. In a new report, ECDC proposes to prioritise the implementation of WGS depending on disease and public health application.
Strong laboratory leaders - a key asset for global disease control
28 Mar 2019 - Laboratories play an essential role in the detection, diagnosis, prevention and control of diseases. To strengthen this role, ECDC and five partner organisations have developed the Global Laboratory Leadership Programme (GLLP) to support and sustain national laboratory systems under a One Health approach.
WHO recommendations for influenza virus vaccine composition for the 2019–2020 northern hemisphere season
1 Mar 2019 - On 18–20 February 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed on the recommended composition of the quadrivalent influenza vaccine for the northern hemisphere 2019–2020 influenza season: an A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus, an A(H3N2) virus component to be announced on 21 March 2019, a B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus (B/Victoria/2/87 lineage) and a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata/16/88 lineage).