EuroCJD network meeting
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the way forward for the EuroCJD surveillance network.
Conclusions and next steps
The conclusions and way forward of this year EuroCJD network meeting, held in Oslo on the 6-7 June 2013, have been summarized in the three key points below:
1. It is crucial to continue the identification and early notification of all new cases of vCJD in EU/EEA and worldwide, preferably in the frame of all human Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSEs), based on the rationale that:
- The disease has a long incubation period of several years (10-15 median) and stringent control measure in the food chain were implemented at EU level in 1999-2001;
- The ban on use of ruminant-derived proteins in pigs, poultry and fish feeds has been lifted;
- There is evidence of secondary transmission via blood transfusion and possibly blood products;
- Continuous monitoring is necessary to identify new and re-emerging clusters/outbreaks (e.g. atypical BSE, new phenotypes, iatrogenic transmission).
2. Euro CJD Network will continue to provide EU early warning of scientific findings relevant for public health and to ensure preparedness to respond.
3. Euro CJD Network is crucial for gathering and disseminating scientific updates/insights on the following topics:
- New diagnostic techniques and diagnostic algorithms;
- Aetiology of CJD diseases, particularly on the possible association between vCJD/sCJD and with other neurodegenerative diseases.
The above key messages have been presented, discussed and approved by the participants of the meeting and constitute the agreed way forward for the EuroCJD network.
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