The sleeping giant: the danger of neglecting latent tuberculosis infection
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has published comprehensive guidance on the management of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) targeted for European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries.
Reaching the SDG targets on Health by 2030: ECDC Session at European Health Forum Gastein 2018
Will we reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for health by 2030 and the targets set for HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and tuberculosis? ECDC’s session at the European Health Forum Gastein looks at the action required to end AIDS and TB, and to combat hepatitis.
Epidemiological update: West Nile fever in Europe - Number of infections so far exceeds the total number in the previous five years
Since the last epidemiological update on 31 August 2018, European countries have reported 530 new West Nile virus (WNV) cases and 52 deaths. The number of WNV infections reported so far exceeds the total number of infections in the previous five years.
Rapid progress in public health implementation of whole-genome sequencing across the EU/EEA
The EU/EEA countries are making great progress in the implementation of whole-genome sequencing (WGS) technology for outbreak investigation and surveillance. With a harmonisation of standards, this will enable exchange of WGS-derived data across the EU/EEA as prioritised in ECDC Roadmap for molecular surveillance and improve disease control and prevention in Europe.
Drop in EU/EEA measles cases between March and July 2018
During the month of July, a total of 758 cases of measles were reported across seventeen countries in the EU/EEA, which is a decrease from the 1054 cases reported during the month of June.
Epidemiological update: Hepatitis A outbreak in the EU/EEA mostly affecting men who have sex with men
As of 7 September 2018, the number of outbreak-confirmed cases reported in 22 EU/EEA countries since 1 June 2016 is 4 475.
Updated European Union Standards for Tuberculosis Care now available
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) have developed 21 patient-centred standards to guide clinicians and public health workers in their work to ensure optimal diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tuberculosis (TB) in Europe.
Epidemiological update: Ebola virus disease outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri Provinces, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Since 11 May and as of 8 September 2018, 131 Ebola cases were reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), of which 100 are confirmed and 31 probable. Among the 131 cases, 90 had a fatal outcome. Eight health zones in two provinces have reported confirmed and probable EVD cases, including Mabalako, Beni, Butembo, Oicha, Masereka, Kalungata and Musienene health zones in North Kivu Province and Mandima Health Zone in Ituri Province.