Keynote by ECDC Director Andrea Ammon at the IANPHI European Directors meeting
In a keynote speech in the “Vaccination in Europe” session at the IANPHI European Directors meeting on 8 April 2019, ECDC Director Andrea Ammon outlined the current challenges in the area of vaccination and how EU-level policies and programmes can help tackle the situation.
Whole genome sequencing: new ECDC framework suggests priority diseases and implementation options
Whole genome sequencing (WGS) is a fast-moving technology, but the pace of change vary between pathogens/diseases and European Union countries. In a new report, ECDC proposes to prioritise the implementation of WGS depending on disease and public health application.
Cyclone Idai: ECDC joins emergency response as more cases of cholera and waterborne diseases expected
ECDC has deployed an epidemiologist under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to assist in the emergency response in Mozambique. The mission will support the humanitarian response with public health assessments and epidemiological advice. ECDC is also producing a risk assessment on the health risks related to this event.
Epidemiological update: Ebola virus disease outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri Provinces, Democratic Republic of the Congo
The outbreak reached 1000 cases and is now spreading across 21 health zones. March was the worst month in terms of number of cases since the beginning of the outbreak.
Extensively drug-resistant gonorrhoea: risk of further dissemination within and across Europe
ECDC comment on the study 'Detection in the United Kingdom of the Neisseria gonorrhoeae FC428 clone, with ceftriaxone resistance and intermediate resistance to azithromycin, October to December 2018' by Eyre et al. in the Eurosurveillance edition of 7 March 2019.
Strong laboratory leaders - a key asset for global disease control
Laboratories play an essential role in the detection, diagnosis, prevention and control of diseases. To strengthen this role, ECDC and five partner organisations have developed the Global Laboratory Leadership Programme (GLLP) to support and sustain national laboratory systems under a One Health approach.
Multi-country cluster of Listeria monocytogenes ST1247 in five EU countries
ECDC has identified a microbiological link between an outbreak of nine Listeria monocytogenes ST1247 cases in Denmark and nine additional cases reported between 2014 and 2018 in Estonia (2 cases) Finland (2), France (1) and Sweden (4).
Expert consultation meeting: Developing a training course on vaccine acceptance
Vaccine acceptance and dealing with vaccine hesitancy is increasingly a topic of concern, and empowering frontline healthcare professionals to deal with this challenge is vitally needed at this time. At the beginning of 2019, vaccine hesitancy was included in the top 10 health threats of this year for WHO. In order to improve the skills of European health professionals working in healthcare and public health in addressing the doubts and concerns of patients regarding vaccination, ECDC is convening an expert consultation meeting during 11-12 April 2019. This meeting will inform the development of a training course on vaccine acceptance.
ECDC Summer School 2019
The ECDC Summer School is organised yearly for experts within the ECDC networks with the aim to build EU/EEA Member States’ public health capacity in the area of communicable diseases. Every year meaningful topics are selected based on Member States’ identified needs. The Summer School provides an opportunity for networking and scientific exchange.