Mastering the basics of TB control – Development of a handbook on TB diagnostic methods
This handbook consists of nine chapters describing basic techniques in the laboratory diagnosis of tuberculosis.
CNRL in silico exercise to determine the capabilities of network laboratories to detect triple reassortant swine origin influenza A(H3N2) viruses
Following the emergence of swine influenza A(H3N2) variant (v) viruses with sporadic human infections in North America, the Community Network of Reference Laboratories (CNRL) and the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency completed an exercise to assess the CNRL’s capability to detect novel reassortant and circulating triple reassortant swine viruses (TRA) in humans.
Influenza A(H3N2)v laboratory detection questionnaire results
Following the emergence of swine influenza A(H3N2) variant (v) viruses with sporadic human infections in North America, ECDC and the Community Network of Reference Laboratories (CNRL) disseminated a questionnaire to explore the RT-PCR capability of influenza reference laboratories in EU/EEA countries to detect A(H3N2)v viruses in their day-to-day diagnostics and to subtype them as swine-origin variant viruses.
Influenza virus characterisation - Summary Europe, June 2012
The latest issue of ECDC’s series of technical documents on 'Influenza virus characterisation’ covers the time period from January 2012 to June 2012.
External quality assessment scheme for antiviral susceptibility detection in influenza viruses
The first European external quality assessment exercise for antiviral susceptibility detection in influenza viruses was carried out during winter 2010/11. Twenty laboratories from 16 European countries participated in the exercise.
ERLN-TB expert opinion on the use of the rapid molecular assays for the diagnosis of tuberculosis and detection of drug resistance
According to this report, the use of rapid molecular assays has diagnostic value in tuberculosis (TB) identification and detection of drug resistance, although there is not enough evidence to recommend these tools in all populations and situations and they should not replace standard diagnostic methods.
External quality assessment for influenza antiviral susceptibility for the European Reference Laboratory Network for Human Influenza
This report presents the results of the influenza virus antiviral (AV) susceptibility external quality assessment (EQA) which was held for European reference laboratories.
External quality assessment scheme for influenza virus detection, isolation and culture for the European Reference Laboratory Network for Human Influenza, 2013
In September/October 2013, the European Reference Laboratory Network for Human Influenza (ERLI-Net) conducted an external quality assessment (EQA) for the rapid detection of influenza virus, its isolation and culture.
Tuberculosis surveillance and monitoring in Europe 2015
The seventh report launched jointly by ECDC and the WHO Regional Office for Europe indicates that, despite notable progress in the past decade, tuberculosis (TB) is still a public health concern in many countries across Europe.
Molecular typing for surveillance of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the EU/EEA – January 2016
This report describes the geographical and temporal distribution of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis based on molecular typing data (24-locus MIRU–VNTR genotyping) as reported by EU/EEA countries.