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.
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.
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.
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.
Third Joint Workshop on AMR in Salmonella and Campylobacter
This workshop on AMR in Salmonella and Campylobacter was arranged in cooperation with the FWD Network and the EU reference laboratory for antimicrobial resistance network.
15th Meeting of the National Microbiology Focal Points
The ECDC National Microbiology Focal Points and National Surveillance Focal Points from EU/EEA countries convened to discuss the integration of genomic epidemiology into EU level surveillance.
ECDC Observership programme 2016 for ESCMID and ESCV members
ECDC hosted observers from the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) and the European Society for Clinical Virology (ESCV) in September for a week-long programme of seminars, activities and events under the ECDC Observership programme.
14th Meeting of the National Microbiology Focal Points (NMFPs)
ECDC National Microbiology Focal Points from EU/EEA countries convened to follow-up on a joint strategy to strengthen the EU public health microbiology system for informing infectious disease prevention and control. A joint session with ECDC Advisory Forum was held.
Consultation of the Molecular Typing for Surveillance Task Force
The meeting, which brought together National Focal Points for Microbiology and for Surveillance, allowed to review proposals for the second edition of the ECDC roadmap for integration of molecular typing into outbreak investigation and EU surveillance.