Fourth Global Influenza Seroepidemiology Expert Meeting (CONSISE)
A two-day workshop of CONSISE (the Consortium for the Standardization of Influenza Seroepidemiology) took place back-to-back with the global influenza conference Options for the control of influenza.
Novel coronavirus: Whole genome sequence published by HPAArchived
On 13 November 2012, the Health Protection Agency published the whole genome sequence data from the second case of respiratory disease associated with a novel coronavirus who was hospitalised in England.
Updated guidance on novel coronavirus by WHO: surveillance, applied epidemiological studies and clinical guidance
The WHO has recently updated a number of its interim guidance documents for the novel coronavirus including clinical management (11th February) and the case definition for reporting (19th February);
Ongoing outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
An article published on 21 June in the New England Journal of Medicine describes a healthcare associated outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV) infection in the Al-Ahsa region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus neutralising serum antibodies in dromedary camels: a comparative serological study
A study published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases on 9 August 2013 by Reusken et al identified antibodies to MERS-CoV in camels both in Oman and Spain. A total of 50 out of 50 (100%) sera sampled from Omani camels and 15 of 105 (14%) of sera from camels from Spain had antibodies against MERS-CoV. Sera from European and Chilean sheep, goats, cattle and other camelids had no such antibodies.
Epidemiological update: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), 4 July 2013
Since the last ECDC update on 17 June 2013, 13 new confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and two deaths have been reported by the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia.
Epidemiological update: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
By 22 November 2013, 160 cases of MERS have been reported. All cases have either occurred in the Middle East or have direct links to a primary case infected in the Middle East.