Online tutorial on how to detect and assess public health threats

tool tutorial

This tutorial demonstrates the various epidemic intelligence steps that need to be undertaken in order to timely detect and assess current and emerging threats to human health from communicable diseases. It includes supportive suggestions and material for building up new intelligence methods or improving already existing capacities. It is open for public access.

About epidemic intelligence

Epidemic intelligence is a method for systematic collection and collation of information on communicable diseases of concern to the EU from a variety of sources. The aim is to ensure a timely response, based on an adequate risk assessment with recommendations on appropriate public health measures.

A weekly summary of all information gathered through epidemic intelligence regarding communicable diseases of concern to the EU is available in the ECDC report “Communicable disease threats reports”.

Latest updates


Communicable disease threats report, 10-16 March 2019, Week 11

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ECDC launches e-learning course and operational tool for development of rapid risk assessments

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Rapid outbreak assessment: Multi-country outbreak of Salmonella Poona infections linked to consumption of infant formula

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Rapid risk assessment: Outbreak of VIM-producing carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa linked to medical tourism to Mexico

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Conclusions of the twentieth IHR Emergency Committee do not change the ECDC risk assessment for Europe concerning polio

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Threats and outbreaks

All information related to infectious disease threats and outbreaks within and outside Europe

Training programmes

ECDC activities and programmes in the area of public health training


This page lists tools which can be used for e.g. surveillance data collection, outbreak preparedness and investigation and public health communication.