German authorities issue a joint statement on the Shiga toxin-producing E.coli outbreakArchived
Today, the German authorities published a press release on the current Shiga toxin-producing E.coli outbreak. In their joint statement they recommended in particular to abstain from eating raw sprouts.
Today, the German authorities published a press release on the current Shiga toxin-producing E.coli outbreak. In their joint statement, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food safety (BVL), Robert Koch Institute (RKI) recommended in particular to abstain from eating raw sprouts. Furthermore, they concluded that the current general recommendation to abstain from eating cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce in northern parts of Germany does not need to be upheld.
Early influenza cases indicate the possibility of severe upcoming season for elderly
26 Oct 2021 - Although the overall number of influenza detections in the majority of EU/EEA countries is still low, indications show that influenza circulation is above the seasonal threshold in Croatia, which is unusually early. The main reported subtype among the cases recorded in EU/EEA during the past month is A(H3N2), which disproportionally affects older people, and is associated with lower vaccine effectiveness. This is a sign that the upcoming influenza season could be severe for elderly people, and that influenza patterns may vary between countries in terms of timing.
ECDC publishes updated technical report on Options for the use of rapid antigen detection tests for COVID-19 in the EU/EEA
26 Oct 2021 - The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has published the first update of the technical report Options for the use of rapid antigen detection tests for COVID-19 in the EU/EEA, originally released in November 2020.
Flu Awareness Campaign 2021
26 Oct 2021 - The Flu Awareness Campaign is marked across the WHO European Region every year in October. It aims to raise awareness of the importance of vaccination for people’s health and well-being and to increase the uptake of seasonal influenza vaccination of people with underlying risk factors.