ECDC country visit to Spain to discuss antimicrobial resistance issues
On 15-19 February 2016 an ECDC team conducted visits and meetings to discuss AMR issues in Spain, with the overall objective of providing an evidence-based assessment of the situation in Spain. The AMR situation in Spain poses a major public health threat to the country. Antimicrobial consumption in primary care and hospitals is among the highest in the EU/EEA and infection prevention and control and environmental cleaning measures vary significantly among hospitals and units.
ECDC country visit to Italy to discuss antimicrobial resistance issues
An ECDC team conducted visits and meetings to Italy on 9-13 January 2017 to specifically discuss and assess the situation in the country regarding prevention and control of AMR.
Observations from this ECDC country visit confirm that the AMR situation in Italian hospitals and regions poses a major public health threat to the country. If the current trends of carbapenem resistance and colistin resistance in gram-negative bacteria such as Klebsiella pneumoniae and A. baumannii are not reversed, key medical interventions will be compromised in the near future.
ECDC country visit to Luxembourg to discuss antimicrobial resistance issues
An ECDC team conducted visits and meetings to the country on 29 May - 2 June 2017, with the objective of providing an evidence-based assessment of the situation. Antibiotic consumption in Luxembourg is at the EU average in hospitals, but higher than the EU average in the community. The AMR levels in bacterial isolates from humans are at or below the EU average.
Technical mission: HIV, STI and viral hepatitis in Bulgaria. 19-21 September 2016 and 14-15 November 2016
The Ministry of Health in Bulgaria invited ECDC to prepare an assessment of the current national HIV programme and to review the STI and Hepatitis surveillance system. Following discussions between ECDC and representatives of the Bulgarian national programme, it was decided to split the assessment into two separate country missions.
Exploring opportunities for support in healthcare-associated infections (HAI) – Romania, 4–7 July 2016
This mission report contains details of a visit to Romania by a team of multidisciplinary experts from ECDC and Norway, and the follow-up proposals.
Assessing the yellow fever outbreak in Angola
This report summarises the results of a joint ECDC–European Commission mission team sent to review the epidemiological situation of yellow fever in Angola, following an outbreak in 2015-16.
Ebola preparedness peer review mission, Romania
This mission report describes the visit to Romania in March of an ECDC led team of experts at the invitation of the Romanian government.
Public health emergency preparedness for cases of viral haemorrhagic fever (Ebola) in Belgium: a peer review
In March 2015, ECDC conducted a country visit in Belgium to explore the level of Ebola preparedness.
Public health emergency preparedness for cases of viral haemorrhagic fever (Ebola) in Portugal: a peer review 30 March – 1 April 2015
Following an invitation from the Portuguese public health authorities, an ECDC team visited Lisbon to conduct a review of Portugal’s emergency preparedness systems for imported cases of viral haemorrhagic fever (Ebola).
Technical mission: HIV in Cyprus, 15–17 October
The number of new HIV cases diagnosed annually in Cyprus has been on the rise since 2005: more than 50 new cases of HIV were diagnosed every year from 2011 to 2013. This report addresses this issue and provides options on how Cyprus can respond to the epidemic.