Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae continue to spread in Europe
Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) are an emerging threat to healthcare. Beside the carbapenems – a last-line class of antibiotics – CPE are resistant to most other antibiotics, leaving few options for the treatment of infected patients. In an effort to assess the nature and scale of CPE spread in Europe, a group of European experts is implementing the European Survey on Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae (EuSCAPE).
The European Public Health Microbiology Training (EUPHEM) celebrates its fifth anniversary
The Programme for European Public Health Microbiology Training (EUPHEM) started in 2008 as a pilot two-year fellowship programme with two fellows in the first cohort. Based on the positive experience after the first two years the programme continued and expanded the number of countries and public health laboratories involved. In 2013, while 4 fellows are graduating, the new cohort starts the 2 year fellowship in nine different EUPHEM training sites.
Collection of online resources for prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections now available
ECDC gathered guidance documents on prevention and control of infection with carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) available online, published by EU/EEA Member States, ECDC, other agencies and scientific societies.
Trends of antimicrobial consumption in the community and in the hospital sector across Europe
ECDC published the third annual report of the European Surveillance of Antimicrobial Consumption Network (ESAC-Net).
Independent report finds ECDC a key support to EU and Member States during infectious disease emergencies
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has a good capacity of quickly reacting to health threats and performing in crisis conditions. It produces products of good professional quality in all areas, has scientific credibility and is generally a source of EU level added value
Second European HIV testing week kicks off today
From 21 to 28 November 2014, nearly 700 organisations across Europe will host activities to increase awareness of the personal and public health benefits of HIV testing. As HIV infection can remain asymptomatic for a long time and a substantial number of infected persons across Europe are unaware of their infection, ECDC supports the aims of this second European HIV testing week.
ECDC updates its directory of online resources on infection prevention and control, in support of the WHO “SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands” campaign
To support the annual World Health Organization (WHO) “SAVE LIVES: Clean your Hands” campaign, ECDC is launching two new pages of its directory of online resources on infection prevention and control.
ECDC welcomes the endorsement of the global action plan on antimicrobial resistance by the World Health Assembly
By endorsing the new global action plan endorsed at the World Health Assembly, WHO Member States agreed to mobilise resources to ensure its implementation and committed to have similar plans at national level by 2017.
Moving towards better global foodborne disease surveillance
Almost 1 in 10 people worldwide fall ill every year after eating contaminated food which commonly causes bacterial diarrhoea, resulting in 230 000 deaths each year.