Expert consultation meeting on molecular characterisation of hepatitis A virus for outbreak detection and response
ECDCs expert consultation supported enhanced detection and investigation of hepatitis A foodborne outbreaks in the EU.
Recent foodborne outbreaks of Hepatitis A virus (HAV) affecting multiple European Member States highlight the importance of comparability of molecular characterization of HAV across public health and food safety sectors. However, protocols for HAV molecular typing from human samples, when existing, proved to be heterogeneous amongst EU Member States. In addition, detection of HAV in food is challenging due to low viral load, and comparison between human and food sequences is further hampered because of the use of different sequencing protocols.
A multi-disciplinary group of public health and food safety experts in HAV molecular characterisation from Member States gathered in Stockholm to focus on agreeing a common framework for molecular typing of hepatitis A in outbreak situations.
World Hepatitis Day 2019
28 Jul 2019 to 28 Jul 2019 - World Hepatitis Day is marked on 28 July each year to increase the awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis.
Public Health Genomics – an introduction
23 Oct 2019 to 24 Oct 2019 - This workshop is designed to strengthen the capacity to use whole genome sequencing of human pathogens for public health investigations in EU/ EEA Member States.