European external quality assessment programme for influenza virus 2018
Influenza epidemics occur every winter with high impact on disease burden, hospitalisations and excess mortality in countries in the WHO European Region. To understand the characteristics of circulating influenza viruses during seasonal epidemics, virological influenza surveillance is performed and detected viruses are further characterised at national influenza centres (NICs) that are part of the wider network of the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS). External quality assessments (EQAs) are important instruments in assessing the quality of the generated data that are reported nationally and internationally through The European Surveillance System (TESSy).
External quality assessment for the detection of Bordetella pertussis by PCR, 2018
This report presents the results of the second European Pertussis Laboratory Surveillance Network (EUPert-LabNet) EQA scheme for Bordetella pertussis PCR funded by ECDC on behalf of EUPert-LabNet. The EQA study was conducted between February and March 2018.
Healthcare-associated pneumonia in acute care hospitals in European union/European economic area countries: An analysis of data from a point prevalence survey, 2011 to 2012
Walter, J., Haller, S., Quinten, C., Kärki, T., Zacher, B., Eckmanns, T., Abu Sin, M., Plachouras, D., Kinross, P., Suetens, C., Strauss, R., Mertens, K., Dobreva, E., Budimir, A., Hadjiloucas, A., Prattingerová, J., Kristensen, B., Monnet, D.L., Märtin, P., Lyytikäinen, O., Giard, M., Piening, B., Kritsotakis, E.I., Kurcz, A., Gudlaugsson, Ó., Burns, K., Moro, M.L., Dumpis, U., Ašembergienė, J., Heisbourg, E., Xuereb, D., Hopmans, T., Sorknes, N.K., Deptuła, A., Paiva, J.-A., Serban, R., Litvová, S., Kolman, J., Lozano, J., Struwe, J., Hopkins, S., Doherty, L., Reilly, J.S., Harrison, W.
Screening of migrants for tuberculosis identifies patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis but is not sufficient
Helbling, P., Kröger, S., Haas, W., Brusin, S., Cirillo, D.M., Groenheit, R., Guthmann, J.-P., Soini, H., Hendrickx, D., van der Werf, M.J.
Cross-border outbreak of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis linked to a university in Romania
Popovici, O., Monk, P., Chemtob, D., Chiotan, D., Freidlin, P.J., Groenheit, R., Haanperä, M., Homorodean, D., Mansjö, M., Robinson, E., Rorman, E., Smith, G., Soini, H., Van Der Werf, M.J.
External quality assessment scheme for Bordetella pertussis serology 2016
This external quality assessment (EQA) to assess the ability of national reference laboratories from EU/EEA Member States to correctly perform laboratory serodiagnostic tests for pertussis was a collaborative study organised from February to April 2016.
EU/EEA capacity for the surveillance of hepatitis B and C using molecular methods
In order to explore whether the current capacity for EU/EEA-wide molecular characterisation for surveillance of HBV and HCV is sufficient to be feasible and what gaps need to be addressed, a survey of EU/EEA Member States was conducted to assess their laboratory capacity and needs in relation to the molecular characterisation of hepatitis B and C.
Gap analysis on securing diphtheria diagnostic capacity and diphtheria antitoxin availability in the EU/EEA
This gap analysis demonstrated that there are significant gaps in diphtheria diagnostic capacity within the EU/EEA, with only six Member States fulfilling the minimum criteria in terms of surveillance, specialised laboratory diagnostics and expertise.
Molecular typing for surveillance of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the EU/EEA
This report describes the geographical and temporal distribution of multidrug-resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB) using molecular typing data reported by European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA) Member States for 2015 and the preceding years.