Shiga toxin/verotoxin-producing Escherichia coli in humans, food and animals in the EU/EEA, with special reference to the German outbreak strain STEC O104
This joint report, produced by the ECDC and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), aims to give a short summary of reported Shiga toxin/verotoxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC/VTEC) prevalence and incidence in humans, food and animals. A special reference is given to the strain STEC O104:H4, which has been isolated as the causative agent for the large outbreak of haemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) reported in Germany in 2011. The publication focuses on cases reported in EU/EEA countries through the existing surveillance and monitoring systems of ECDC and EFSA and the comparison of characteristics of strains from earlier reported isolates/cases with the German outbreak strain.
ECDC rapid assessment of laboratory practices and needs related to COVID-19
18 Jan 2021 - This report assesses the current status of the EU/EEA and the UK COVID-19 laboratory response based on a short survey sent to all Member States and the UK.
COVID-19 in children and the role of school settings in transmission - first update
23 Dec 2020 - The aim of this document is to provide an update on the knowledge surrounding the role of children in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and the role of schools in the COVID-19 pandemic, based on the experience in the EU from August–December, 2020. This document also addresses transmission to and from staff in school settings, school-related mitigation measures including risk communication, testing, contact tracing and the efficacy of partial and full school closures.
COVID-19 vaccination and prioritisation strategies in the EU/EEA
22 Dec 2020 - This document builds on a previously published ECDC report, ‘Key aspects regarding the introduction and prioritisation of COVID-19 vaccination in the EU/EEA and the UK’ . By using mathematical modelling, this document provides EU/EEA countries with information on factors that may affect the choice of COVID-19 vaccination