Syphilis and congenital syphilis in Europe - A review of epidemiological trends (2007–2018) and options for response
Since 2010, syphilis notification rates in the EU/EAA have been on the increase, but in recent years this trend seems to accelerate predominantly among men having sex with men (MSM). Similar trends have been observed in high income c ountries outside the EU/EAA . While the overall trend remained relatively stable, outbreaks or clusters of syphilis cases have also been reported among heterosexual populations in the EU/EEA. In several high income countries (e.g. US A , increases in congenital syphilis occurred in connection with increases in syphilis notifications among women.
Syphilis notifications in the EU/EEA up by 70% since 2010
The number of syphilis cases has been consistently going up across Europe since 2010, mostly affecting men who have sex with men living in urban areas. In 2017, notification rates reached an all-time high in the EU/EEA countries with more than 33 000 reported cases. An in-depth ECDC study published today describes the factors behind this increase and outlines the evidence-based options for public health control of syphilis, including case finding and management as well as educational activities.
ECDC Expert consultation on community engagement in public health emergency preparedness
The expert consultation meeting organised by ECDC seeks to identify enabling factors and barriers to good practice in community engagement in the context of public health emergency preparedness. Outcomes of this meeting will inform the development of an ECDC guidance on the topic.
ECDC’s HEPSA preparedness self-assessment tool is now available in all EU/EEA languages
The HEPSA (Health Emergency Preparedness Self-Assessment) tool that ECDC launched in 2018 in English is now available in all EU/EEA languages. This tool aims at supporting countries in improving their level of public health emergency preparedness.
Are European HIV cohort data within EuroCoord representative of the diagnosed HIV population?
Vourli, G., Pharris, A., Cazein, F., Costagliola, D., Dabis, F., Del Amo, J., Delpech, V., Diaz, E., Girardi, A., Gourlay, A., Gunsenheimer-Bartmeyer, B., Hernando, V., Nikolopoulos, G., Porter, K., Rosinska, M., Sabin, C., Suligoi, B. Supervie, V., Wit, F., Touloumi, G.
HIV in Europe and Central Asia: progress in 2018 towards meeting the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets
Brown, A.E., Hayes, R., Noori, T., Azad, Y., Amato-Gauci, A.J., Pharris, A., Delpech, V.C., The Ecdc Dublin Declaration Monitoring Network
Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) in men who have sex with men (MSM): A re-emerging problem, Malta, 2018
Donachie, A., Spiteri, G., Barbara, C., Melillo, T., Hadad, R., Farrugia, A.G., Unemo, M., Padovese, V.
HEPSA – health emergency preparedness self-assessment tool, User guide
HEPSA is used to evaluate levels of preparedness, identify potential gaps, identify vulnerabilities, and detect areas for improvement – with the goal to strengthen overall preparedness capacities for public health emergencies. This user guide provides basic information on the self-assessment process.