Third external quality assessment scheme for typing of verocytotoxinproducing E.coli (VTEC)
External quality assessment (EQA) schemes enable laboratories to assess their methods and procedures so that sources of systematic and random errors can be identified, eliminated, or reduced. Thus, an EQA also improves the accuracy of national and EU-level surveillance. This report presents the results of the third round of the VTEC external quality assessment scheme for the typing of verocytotoxin-producing E. coli (VTEC). The third EQA was carried out during 2010 and 2011 and included serotyping, virulence typing, and vtx subtyping. Overall results were good. However, there are a few European laboratories which would benefit from a review of their in-house procedures and protocols.
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 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.
Eighth external quality assessment scheme for typing of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli
28 Feb 2019 - This report presents the results of the eighth round of the external quality assessment (EQA-8) scheme for typing of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) organised for laboratories providing data to the Food- and Waterborne Diseases and Zoonoses Network (FWD-Net) managed by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).