Legionnaires’ disease: Risk assessment, outbreak investigation and control

Event
25 Feb 2013 - 28 Feb 2013
Budapest, Hungary
ECDC /Health Protection Agency

ECDC organized the fourth edition of the course “Legionnaires’ disease: risk assessment, outbreak investigation and control” delivered at "Andrija Štampar" School of Public Health in Croatia.

This activity was part of ECDC’s on-going technical pre-accession assistance to EU enlargement countries.

The goal of this training was to strengthen the participant’s knowledge and skills in order to improve the collaboration and communication among the different disciplines (microbiology, environmental health and epidemiology) involved in a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak investigation and control.

Contents included: clinical, epidemiological and environmental aspects of Legionnaires’ disease, water systems and control measures, diagnostics, principles of outbreak investigation in different settings (community, travel-related and nosocomial outbreaks), risk assessment and communication.

The course incorporated different teaching methods: short presentations, group work, risk assessments using photographic material and field visits to understand potential sources of outbreaks (e.g. cooling tower, spa pool and water systems).  

The target audience was multidisciplinary, consisting of mid-career and/or senior experts in public health, particularly those dealing with Legionnaires’ disease. A total of 15 participants, from 5 different European Member States or EEA/EFTA countries, had the possibility of attending this course.   

Selection Process: The ECDC invited the National Correspondents from the European Union enlargement countries (potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, and candidate countries Montenegro, Serbia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Turkey) to propose two participants per country. 

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.