Hepatitis B and C testing strategies in healthcare and community settings in the EU/EEA
The scope of this project was to provide an overview of different effective testing strategies for hepatitis B and C and their outcomes in the EU/EEA, covering all relevant population groups and settings.
Best practice recommendations for conducting after-action reviews to enhance public health preparedness
The threat of serious, cross-border infectious disease outbreaks in Europe is a significant challenge in terms of public health emergency preparedness (PHEP). An integral part of improving preparedness and response planning is learning from past experience. Conducting after-action reviews (AARs) on public health emergencies is one such approach, but there is no standardised approach to conducting such assessments. This report identifies the common features of AARs, develops a validity assessment tool for appraising AARs, and proposes a set of best practice recommendations.
Retrospective surveillance and enhanced case-finding of congenital rubella syndrome cases
The generic protocol presented in this document was developed for ECDC by fellows of the EPIET programme to provide EU/EEA Member States with an adaptable tool to estimate the incidence of congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) cases in their countries.
The importance of vector abundance and seasonality
The objective of this document is to assess the degree to which estimates of vector abundance and seasonality, for each vector group, can be used to inform assessments of epidemiological concepts.
External quality assessment of laboratory performance – European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net), 2017
This report provides an analysis of the external quality assessment (EQA) performance of laboratories participating in the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net) in 2017.
Laboratory procedures for diagnosis and typing of human Clostridium difficile infection
The aim of this document is to support Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) surveillance in Europe with appropriate microbiological standardised procedures, and can be used by microbiologists, infectious diseases specialists and infection prevention control specialists.
Eighth external quality assessment scheme for Salmonella typing
This report presents the results of the eighth round of the external quality assessment (EQA-8) scheme for typing of Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica organised for public health national reference laboratories (PH NRLs) in ECDC’s Food- and Waterborne Diseases and Zoonoses network (FWD-Net).
Review of reviews and guidelines on target groups, diagnosis, treatment and programmatic issues for implementation of latent tuberculosis management
This report is part of a series of technical documents describing the collection, synthesis and appraisal of the available information on specific measures for the prevention, identification and treatment of LTBI, analysed from the perspective of national TB-control programmes.
Monitoring the use of whole-genome sequencing in infectious disease surveillance in Europe 2015–2017
The results of the third pan-EU/EEA survey presented in this report showed that by mid-2017 the vast majority of national public health reference laboratories in EU/EEA countries had access to whole genome sequencing based typing of diverse microbial pathogens for investigations of infection and drug resistance transmission.
Generic protocol on enhanced surveillance for invasive pneumococcal disease at the EU/EEA level
The current generic protocol proposes a uniform approach for active invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) surveillance in children and enhanced surveillance in other age groups.