Expert consultation meeting on molecular characterisation of hepatitis A virus for outbreak detection and response
ECDCs expert consultation supported enhanced detection and investigation of hepatitis A foodborne outbreaks in the EU.
Recent foodborne outbreaks of Hepatitis A virus (HAV) affecting multiple European Member States highlight the importance of comparability of molecular characterization of HAV across public health and food safety sectors. However, protocols for HAV molecular typing from human samples, when existing, proved to be heterogeneous amongst EU Member States. In addition, detection of HAV in food is challenging due to low viral load, and comparison between human and food sequences is further hampered because of the use of different sequencing protocols.
A multi-disciplinary group of public health and food safety experts in HAV molecular characterisation from Member States gathered in Stockholm to focus on agreeing a common framework for molecular typing of hepatitis A in outbreak situations.
ECDC holds the annual Observership programme for ESCMID, EUCIC and ESCV members
2 Sep 2019 to 6 Sep 2019 - As every year, ECDC organised a week-long programme for observers from the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID), the European Committee on Infection Control (EUCIC) and the European Society for Clinical Virology (ESCV) from 2 to 6 September 2019.
World Hepatitis Day 2019
28 Jul 2019 to 28 Jul 2019 - World Hepatitis Day is marked on 28 July each year to increase the awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis.