Sixth external quality assessment scheme for Salmonella typing
This report presents the results of the sixth round of the Salmonella External Quality Assessment (EQA) scheme for typing of Salmonella enterica spp. enterica (further EQA-6). The EQA covers the methods pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and multiple locus variable number of tandem repeat analysis (MLVA). A total of 29 laboratories signed up for the EQA-6 that took place from October 2014 to March 2015, with 26 laboratories submitting results.
Salmonellosis is the second most commonly reported zoonotic disease in the EU, and Salmonella is a common cause of foodborne outbreaks
Since 2007, ECDC has been responsible for the EU-wide surveillance of salmonellosis and listeriosis, and facilitates the detection and investigation of foodborne outbreaks. Surveillance data, including some basic typing parameters for the isolated pathogens, are reported by Member States to the European Surveillance System (TESSy). The molecular surveillance system that has been implemented as part of TESSy relies on the capacity of the laboratories to produce comparable typing results.
Guidance on community engagement for public health events caused by communicable disease threats in the EU/EEA
13 Feb 2020 - This guidance on community engagement for public health emergency preparedness is intended for public health authorities in EU/EEA Member States. It is meant to provide step-by-step technical support to Member States who are initiating or professionalising their core community engagement capacity. The guidance is organised according to the three core stages of the preparedness cycle: anticipation, response, and recovery.
Community engagement and institutional collaboration in Iceland during a norovirus outbreak at an outdoor/scout centre (10–15 August 2017)
19 Nov 2019 - This country visit report presents the findings of a case study into an outbreak of norovirus in Iceland that occurred during the period 10–15 August 2017.
Community engagement and institutional collaboration during outbreaks of Shiga toxin/verocytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli in Ireland
19 Nov 2019 - This country visit report presents the findings of a case study into outbreaks of Shiga toxin/verocytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC/VTEC) at childcare facilities in Ireland, conducted in November 2018.