New tool is launched for infectious disease modelling linked to environmental changes
Environmental change, land-use, globalisation, and socio-economic contexts are all widely recognised to affect the transmission patterns of infectious diseases. ECDC has developed a tool - the E3 Geoportal - in order to promote and facilitate geospatial infectious disease modelling in Europe.
Risk assessment: Situation in northern Africa/Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and the influx of migrants* to Europe
ECDC, after conducting rapid risk assessments, has concluded that the risk of importation of infectious diseases from North Africa to the EU is considered to be low. From a public health perspective, the most urgent concern is related to the poor living conditions of the migrants, such as overcrowding and poor sanitation.
Estimated burden of healthcare-associated infections higher than that of other infectious diseases such as influenza, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis together, study says
A study published today by PLOS Medicine, estimates the combined burden of six healthcare-associated infections as being higher than that of diseases such as influenza, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis together.
New ECDC tools: Strengthening preparedness and surveillance in migrant reception centres
As in other institutional settings, migrant reception/detention centres face specific challenges in preventing and controlling communicable disease transmission. In order to support EU/EEA Member States in improving preparedness and syndromic surveillance at migrant hosting sites, ECDC is launching two handbooks and related assessment tools.
ECDC/WHO joint mission report: Increased influx of migrants at the Greek–Turkish border
In April 2011, upon request from the Greek Ministry of Health and Social Solidarity, a joint ECDC/WHO Regional Office for Europe mission was undertaken to Greece to assess the situation related to the increased migration at the Greek–Turkish border. The objective of the mission was to assist Greek health authorities in assessing the public health risks related to the increased migration and to communicable diseases in particular.
Migrant health series: HIV testing and counselling in migrant populations and ethnic minorities in EU/EEA/EFTA Member States
The report aims to provide an overview of the current situation with respect to HIV testing and counselling for migrant populations and ethnic minorities in order to inform future policy, research and practice to improve access to services for migrant populations and ethnic minorities.
Migrant health series: Improving HIV data comparability in migrant populations and ethnic minorities in EU/EEA/EFTA countries: findings from a literature review and expert panel
This technical report provides an overview of the current situation with respect to data on HIV in migrant and ethnic minority populations; identifies gaps and methodological challenges; and proposes ways in which data, and data comparability, might be improved in Europe.
ECDC and EMCDDA technical guidance on prevention and control of infectious diseases among people who inject drugs
The content of this joint guidance was developed by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) with the support of a technical advisory group composed of policy makers, service providers, civil society representatives and preventative health experts from throughout the EU/EEA.
ECDC and EMCDDA technical guidance on prevention and control of infectious diseases among people who inject drugs - guidance in brief
This evidence-based guidance is designed to inform the development, monitoring and evaluation of national strategies and programmes in countries in Europe in order to reduce and prevent infections among people who inject drugs.
Joint ECDC and EMCDDA rapid risk assessment: HIV in injecting drug users in the EU/EEA, following a reported increase of cases in Greece and Romania
Most European countries reported no changes in the rate of newly diagnosed cases of HIV or HIV prevalence in IDU in 2011.