Understanding drug-resistant gonorrhoea: an ECDC whole genome sequencing study
Can whole genome sequencing illustrate changes in drug susceptibility of gonorrhoea to antimicrobials used for treatment and so help to define more effective treatment regimens? The first study of this kind within an international surveillance programme for sexually transmitted infections shows distribution of drug-resistant gonorrhoea strains across Europe.
Europe is steadily building more robust laboratory defences against epidemics and antimicrobial resistance threats.
ECDC’s report EU Laboratory Capability (EULabCap) published on the 30th of April, based on the results of the 2016 survey, concludes that the EU/EEA can rely in a public health microbiology system with strong overall capabilities and substantial capacity to fulfil EU surveillance and response.
Emerging spread of new fungal species poses risk for healthcare settings in the EU/EEA
The rise in Europe of Candida auris infections, a difficult-to-control fungus, is of concern. The fungus spreads easily in healthcare settings, can cause invasive infections, and is also associated with resistance to multiple classes of anti-fungal medication.
European laboratories move forward towards stronger epidemic readiness for infectious disease threats.
The latest EULabCap data on assessing the public health laboratory capacities among 30 EU and EEA countries in 2016 reveal continuous improvement in reducing inequalities, with ten more countries reaching fair to high capability levels over the 4 years of monitoring.
ECDC ENLabCap consultation meeting with EU enlargement countries
Overall aim of this regional ENLabCap consultation workshop is to discuss the adjustments proposed to the current EULabCap tool and agree on those needed to adapt it for the EU enlargement countries.
Gonorrhoea strains across Europe becoming more susceptible to main treatment options
According to test results from the annual European Gonococcal Antimicrobial Surveillance Programme (Euro-GASP), resistance levels to the main antimicrobials used for treatment of gonorrhoea infection have seen an encouraging decrease since 2010.
Moving towards better global foodborne disease surveillance
Almost 1 in 10 people worldwide fall ill every year after eating contaminated food which commonly causes bacterial diarrhoea, resulting in 230 000 deaths each year.
Strong engagement of national public health laboratories to respond to communicable disease outbreaks and improve monitoring of antimicrobial resistance in the European Union.
The EU Laboratory Capability (EULabCap) report published today,
on the results of the 2015 survey, concludes that the EU/EEA as a whole has a strong and improving public health microbiology system, with an average EULabCap score of 7.5 on a scale of 10, up from 6.9 in 2013 and 7.3 in 2014.
First indications of improved capability and capacity of public health microbiology laboratories in the European Union
The results of the EU Laboratory Capability Monitoring System (EULabCap) survey on 2014 data confirms that the EU/EEA as a whole can rely on a strong public health microbiology system and substantial capacity to fulfil surveillance and response requirements.
Whole genome sequencing empowers disease surveillance and outbreak investigation
In the last decade, there has been a shift from microbial genotyping to Next-Generation Sequencing technology. Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) has transformed public health surveillance and outbreak investigations by providing more accurate pathogen identification, antimicrobial resistance profiling, transmission tracking and biological risk assessment.