Chronic hepatitis B infections on the rise since 2008
In 2017, the majority (58%) of the almost 27 000 newly reported hepatitis B cases in the European Union and European Economic Area were classified as chronic infections. This follows a consistent upward trend in reported chronic hepatitis B cases since 2008.
Epidemiological update: Ebola virus disease outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri Provinces, Democratic Republic of the Congo
As of 12 June, three imported Ebola virus cases and two deaths in Kasese District in Uganda have been confirmed by the Ugandan Ministry of Health. These are the first cases to be reported outside the Democratic Republic of the Congo since the beginning of the outbreak in August 2018.
Meeting of ECDC Focal Points in the global Centres for Disease Control
On the 3rd of June 2019, the first Meeting of ECDC Focal Points in the global Centres for Disease Control (CDCs) will be held at ECDC.
Joint Meeting of the National Focal Points for Preparedness and Response and for Threat Detection, EWRS and IHR
Representatives from European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and EU enlargement public health authorities, ECDC and other international organisations meet in Stockholm to discuss a range of current topics relevant for effective preparedness and response to infectious diseases outbreaks and for strengthening collaboration.
It is always time to test: Spring European Testing Week
In order to maximise the benefits of treatment for HIV or viral hepatitis, it is critical to test and diagnose people as soon as possible in the course of the infection. ECDC supports this objective of European Testing Week.
Annual meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee for the European Antibiotic Awareness day (EAAD)
The EAAD Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meets once a year to provide technical advice and the strategic direction for EAAD. In 2019 the meeting will be held in Stockholm on 22 - 24 May.
World Hand Hygiene Day 2019
Each year on 5 May, the “SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands” campaign takes place as part of a major global effort led by the World Health Organization (WHO) to improve hand hygiene in healthcare settings.
Gonorrhoea cases on the rise across Europe
Following a decline in notification rates in 2016, the number of gonorrhoea cases has gone up by 17% across the reporting EU/EEA countries with more than 89 000 confirmed diagnoses in 2017 – more than 240 cases a day.