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.
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.
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.
Technical consultation: ECDC strategy to harness whole genome sequencing for cross-border outbreak and surveillance
The aims of the consultation were to review the draft strategy and discuss how to foster practical collaboration with European and global initiatives in this field.
International consensus achieved on development, validation, nomenclature and quality control of multiple-loci variable-number tandem repeat analysis (MLVA) method for molecular typing of Salmonella Typhimurium: does it matter for public health?
An international consensus study on standardisation of a widely developed molecular subtyping method for Salmonella Typhimurium, multiple loci variable-number tandem repeat analysis (MLVA), was published by Nadon et al. in Eurosurveillance on 29 August 2013