WHO recommendations for influenza virus vaccine composition for the 2018-2019 Northern hemisphere season
On 19-21 February 2018 the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed on the recommended composition of the trivalent influenza vaccine for the northern hemisphere 2018-2019 influenza season; A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus, A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 (H3N2)-like virus, B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus (B/Victoria/2/87 lineage). The WHO recommendations are made with a knowledge of the currently circulating viruses globally. WHO recommended two changes, compared to the current trivalent and quadrivalent vaccines for the 2017–2018 season in the northern hemisphere influenza season.
WHO recommendations for influenza virus vaccine composition for the 2018 southern hemisphere influenza season
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended the composition of the trivalent influenza vaccine for the southern hemisphere winter 2018 influenza season in a report published 28 September 2017.
Mutation of avian influenza A(H7N9): now highly pathogenic for poultry but risk of human-to-human transmission remains low
The upsurge of human cases in China during the winter 2016-2017 due to A(H7N9) gives cause for concern.
WHO statement: 12th meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations Emergency (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus
The conclusions of the IHR Emergency Committee do not change the ECDC risk assessment for Europe.
Recent scientific findings based on literature reviewed after the ninth update of the ECDC Rapid Risk Assessment on Zika virus infection (19 October to 27 January 2017)
This scientific advance presents relevant scientific literature and outlines the main findings from Zika virus research published between 19 October 2016
WHO ends Zika as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern
ECDC recognises that although the intensity and scale of expansion of the Zika outbreak is slowing, Zika virus remains of significant concern as recognised by WHO.
Recent scientific findings based on literature reviewed after the eighth update of the ECDC Rapid Risk Assessment on Zika virus infection
This section presents relevant scientific literature and guidance on Zika virus research published between 30 August 2016 and 17 October 2016.
Recent scientific findings: Association between Zika virus infection and microcephaly in Brazil, January to May, 2016: preliminary report of a case-control study
ECDC comment on the preliminary report by de Araújo et al. of a case-control study aiming to test the hypothesis of the association between the occurrence of microcephaly and Zika virus.