Online tutorial on how to detect and assess public health threats


This tutorial demonstrates the various epidemic intelligence steps that need to be undertaken in order to timely detect and assess current and emerging threats to human health from communicable diseases. It includes supportive suggestions and material for building up new intelligence methods or improving already existing capacities. It is open for public access.

About epidemic intelligence

Epidemic intelligence is a method for systematic collection and collation of information on communicable diseases of concern to the EU from a variety of sources. The aim is to ensure a timely response, based on an adequate risk assessment with recommendations on appropriate public health measures.

A weekly summary of all information gathered through epidemic intelligence regarding communicable diseases of concern to the EU is available in the ECDC report “Communicable disease threats reports”.

Latest updates


Data on the daily number of new reported COVID-19 cases and deaths by EU/EEA country

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Postcard from the field: A ‘Field Mission’ from my living room - supporting the WHO epidemiology team during the 11th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Geographical distribution of confirmed MERS-CoV cases, 1 January 2020 to 6 April 2021

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Communicable disease threats report, 4-10 April 2021, week 14

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Distribution of confirmed cases of MERS-CoV by place of infection and month of onset

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Threats and outbreaks

All information related to infectious disease threats and outbreaks within and outside Europe

Training programmes

ECDC activities and programmes in the area of public health training


This page lists tools which can be used for e.g. surveillance data collection, outbreak preparedness and investigation and public health communication.