On 1 April 2010, ECDC launched the European Legionnaires’ Disease Surveillance Network (ELDSNet) as a continuation of the former EWGLINET. The transfer was completed by migrating the EWGLINET data to the European Surveillance System (TESSy) database hosted by ECDC.
ELDSNet carries out surveillance of Legionnaires’ disease in all EU Member States, Iceland and Norway, and in these countries’ residents travelling overseas. Aiming to identify relevant public health risks, enhance prevention of cases and monitor epidemiological trends, ELDSNet activities include:
- the daily surveillance of travel-associated Legionnaires’ disease and cluster notification to all network Member States;
- the standardised follow-up of these clusters based on site investigation report forms to be returned within defined deadlines;
- the publication of travel accommodation cluster sites that do not comply with their public health duties in terms of risk assessment and control measures;
- the collection and analysis of a European annual dataset of all notified cases of Legionnaires’ disease;
- contracted laboratory services:
- diagnostic and typing method inventory, standardisation and training
- external quality assurance schemes
- laboratory support of cluster investigations.
More information can be found on the ELDSNet pages.