External quality assurance scheme for Haemophilus influenzae 2009
Haemophilus influenzae is a common cause of respiratory tract infections and its surveillance is of the utmost importance. ECDC promotes the performance of External Quality Assurance (EQA) schemes, in which laboratories are sent simulated clinical specimens or bacterial isolates for testing by routine and/or reference laboratory methods. In January 2009, a collection of six strains of Haemophilus spp. and one other microorganism (Aggregatibacter aphrophilus, which could be misidentified as Haemophilus spp.) was sent to 26 participating reference laboratories in the IBD-Labnet surveillance network for quality assurance testing. The laboratories were requested to perform standard protocols for the methods usually used for: species identification, biotyping and serotyping by serological methods and/or PCR. Antimicrobial susceptibility tests and beta-lactamase testing were also requested for those laboratories that perform antimicrobial susceptibility testing of the isolates on a routine basis. This report presents the results of this exercise.
Surveillance of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities in the EU/EEA
29 Nov 2021 - Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as of November 2021, there have been over 800 000 fatal cases of COVID-19 (i.e. COVID-19-related/associated deaths) in the EU/EEA, with more than 88% in people aged over 65 years. By May 2020, deaths among LTCF residents accounted for 37–66% of all COVID-19-related deaths in EU/EEA countries, depending on the country (countries with available data)
Overview of the implementation of COVID-19 vaccination strategies and deployment plans in the EU/EEA
11 Nov 2021 - This report provides an updated overview of the progress of national COVID-19 vaccination strategies in EU/EEA countries, including updates on: vaccine uptake overall and by target group; vaccination strategies and policies in place; vaccine acceptance and hesitancy; and challenges countries face with increasing uptake and good practices to mitigate these challenges.
Contact tracing in the European Union: public health management of persons, including healthcare workers, who have had contact with COVID-19 cases – fourth update
28 Oct 2021 - This document aims to help public health authorities in EU/EEA countries and the UK in their tracing and management of persons, including healthcare workers, who have had contact with COVID-19 cases.