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).
External quality assessment for the detection of Bordetella pertussis by PCR, 2018
This report presents the results of the second European Pertussis Laboratory Surveillance Network (EUPert-LabNet) EQA scheme for Bordetella pertussis PCR funded by ECDC on behalf of EUPert-LabNet. The EQA study was conducted between February and March 2018.
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.
Analysis of Bordetella pertussis clinical isolates circulating in European countries during the period 1998-2012
Van Gent, M., Heuvelman, C.J., Van der Heide H.G., Haller, H.O., Advani, A., Guiso, N., Wirsing Von Kőnig, C.H., Vestrheim, D.F., Dalby, T., Fry, N.K., Pierard, D., Detemmerman, L., Zavadilova, J., Fabianova, K., Logan, C., Habington, A., Byrne, M., Lutyńska, A., Mosiej, E., Pelaz, C., Gröndahl-Yli-Hannuksela, K., Barkoff, A.M., Mertsola, J., Economopoulou, A., He, Q., Mooi, F.R.
Surveillance of congenital rubella and rubella infections in pregnancy in EU/EEA countries, 2012: Current status and future perspective to monitor elimination
Giambi, C., Montaño-Remacha, C., Celentano, L.P., Derrough, T.