External quality assurance scheme for typing of verocytotoxin-producing E. coli (VTEC)
This report presents the results of the second round of the external quality assurance scheme for typing of verocytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli. Conducted between December 2009 and June 2010, it included O:H serotyping, detection and typing of eae, vtx1, vtx2 and ehxA genes, phenotypic detection of verocytotoxin/shiga toxin-production, fermentation of sorbitol and production of β-glucuronidase and enterohaemolysin for VTEC.
An average of 78% of participating laboratories from EU/EEA countries were able to correctly O:H serotype the ten VTEC strains that were included in the EQA and correct phenotypic characterisation was generally very high.
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Gap analysis on securing diphtheria diagnostic capacity and diphtheria antitoxin availability in the EU/EEA
This gap analysis demonstrated that there are significant gaps in diphtheria diagnostic capacity within the EU/EEA, with only six Member States fulfilling the minimum criteria in terms of surveillance, specialised laboratory diagnostics and expertise.Read more