Sixth external quality assessment scheme for Salmonella typing
This report presents the results of the sixth round of the Salmonella External Quality Assessment (EQA) scheme for typing of Salmonella enterica spp. enterica (further EQA-6). The EQA covers the methods pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and multiple locus variable number of tandem repeat analysis (MLVA). A total of 29 laboratories signed up for the EQA-6 that took place from October 2014 to March 2015, with 26 laboratories submitting results.
Salmonellosis is the second most commonly reported zoonotic disease in the EU, and Salmonella is a common cause of foodborne outbreaks
Since 2007, ECDC has been responsible for the EU-wide surveillance of salmonellosis and listeriosis, and facilitates the detection and investigation of foodborne outbreaks. Surveillance data, including some basic typing parameters for the isolated pathogens, are reported by Member States to the European Surveillance System (TESSy). The molecular surveillance system that has been implemented as part of TESSy relies on the capacity of the laboratories to produce comparable typing results.
Collection and analysis of whole genome sequencing data from food-borne pathogens and other relevant microorganisms isolated from human, animal, food, feed and food/feed environmental samples in the joint ECDC–EFSA molecular typing database
29 May 2019 - This report identifies and compares potential platforms/solutions for the set-up and running of a joint ECDC–EFSA database to collect and analyse whole genome sequencing (WGS) data for Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella and Escherichia coli. In particular, WGS introduces the need for specific components for storage and analysis of these data.
Third external quality assessment on species identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing of Campylobacter, 2017
28 May 2019 - This report presents the results of the third round of the EQA on AST for national public health laboratories for Campylobacter (Campylobacter EQA3-AST) within the Food- and Waterborne Diseases and Zoonoses Network (FWD-Net).