European external quality assessment programme for influenza virus 2018
Influenza epidemics occur every winter with high impact on disease burden, hospitalisations and excess mortality in countries in the WHO European Region. To understand the characteristics of circulating influenza viruses during seasonal epidemics, virological influenza surveillance is performed and detected viruses are further characterised at national influenza centres (NICs) that are part of the wider network of the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS). External quality assessments (EQAs) are important instruments in assessing the quality of the generated data that are reported nationally and internationally through The European Surveillance System (TESSy).
Networking of Public Health Microbiology Laboratories Bolsters Europe's Defenses against Infectious Diseases
Albiger, B., Revez, J., Leitmeyer, K.C., Struelens, M.J.
Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in migrants, multi-country cluster - 3rd update, 13 April 2017
A multi-country cluster of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) involving 28 migrants has been delineated by whole genome sequencing (WGS) in migrants recently having arrived from countries in the Horn of Africa.
Rapid risk assessment: multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in migrants, multi-country cluster - 2nd update, 27 March 2017
This second update provides information regarding the risk of EU transmission of an MDR TB clone initially detected in seven asylum seekers from the Horn of Africa who currently reside in Switzerland.
Predominance of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 virus genetic subclade 6B.1 and influenza B/Victoria lineage viruses at the start of the 2015/16 influenza season in Europe
Broberg, E., Melidou, A., Prosenc, K., Bragstad, K., Hungnes, O.
Laboratory preparedness in eu/eea countries for detection of novel avian influenza a(H7N9) virus, May 2013
Broberg, E., Pereyaslov, D., Struelens, M., Palm, D., Meijer, A., Ellis, J., Zambon, M., McCauley, J., Daniels, R.
Molecular surveillance of multi- and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis transmission in the European Union from 2003 to 2011
De Beer, J.L., Ködmön, C., van der Werf, MJ., van Ingen, J., van Soolingen, D., the ECDC MDR-TB molecular surveillance project participants
Second worldwide proficiency study on variable number of tandem repeats typing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex
De Beer, J.L., Ködmon, C., Van Ingen, J., Supply, P., Van Soolingen, D., Jamieson, F.B., Bidovec-Stojkovic, U., Brown, T., Cirillo, D.M., Cruz, L., Mira, A., Dou, H.-Y., Fauville-Dufaux, M., Fitzgibbon, M.M., García De Viedma, D., Groenheit, R., Haanperä-Heikkinen, M., Indra, A., Kam, K.M., Kramer, R., Jiang, G.-L., Niemann, S., Obrovac, M., Rasmussen, E.M., Refrégier, G., Realpe, T., Samper, S., Sharma, M.K., Sougakoff, W., Stakenas, P., Stavrum, R., Trenkler, J., WaDa T., Siame, K.K., Tafaj, S., Cowan, L., Sng, L.-H., Seagar, A.-L., Basu, I., Rastogi, N., Ferro, B.E., de Matos, F., Kipnis, A., van Soolingen, D., Supply, P.