ECDC is an EU agency aimed at strengthening Europe's defences against infectious diseases. The core functions cover a wide spectrum of activities: surveillance, epidemic intelligence, response, scientific advice, microbiology, preparedness, public health training, international relations, health communication, and the scientific journal Eurosurveillance.
ECDC disease programmes cover:
- Antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections
- Emerging and vector-borne diseases
- Food- and waterborne diseases and zoonoses
- HIV, sexually transmitted infections and viral hepatitis
- Influenza and other respiratory viruses
- Vaccine-preventable diseases.