First-of-its kind survey reveals gaps in European healthcare workers’ knowledge and attitudes about antibiotics
Knowledge and awareness of antibiotic resistance and related issues is generally high among European healthcare workers, according to the first European survey to examine attitudes and behaviours in relation to antibiotic resistance in this group. However, the study also illustrates important knowledge gaps.
Epidemiological update: third case of locally acquired Zika virus disease in Hyères, France
On 30 October, French authorities reported a third autochthonous case of Zika virus (ZIKV) disease in Hyères city, Var department, France. The case had no travel history to Zika-endemic countries.
Epidemiological update: second case of locally acquired Zika virus disease in Hyères, France
On 21 October, French authorities reported a second autochthonous case of Zika virus (ZIKV) disease in Hyères city, Var department, France with no travel history to Zika-endemic countries.
Around half a million men who have sex with men in the EU need PrEP but cannot access it
This estimate on the “PrEP gap” in Europe was published in a paper in Eurosurveillance stating that 500 000 men who have sex with men in the European Union currently cannot access HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), despite being very likely to use it.
World Health Organization recommendations for the influenza virus vaccine composition for the 2020 southern hemisphere season
On September 2019, WHO has agreed on the recommended composition of the quadrivalent and trivalent influenza vaccines for the southern hemisphere 2020 influenza season.
Open call for journalists to attend EAAD
ECDC is inviting a limited number of journalists to attend the EU-level launch event marking the 12th European Antibiotic Awareness Day. ECDC will cover travelling and accommodation expenses for the successful applicants.
Travel-related case of malaria caused by Plasmodium cynomolgi reported in Denmark
Denmark has reported a travel-related case of malaria caused by Plasmodium cynomolgi in a Danish traveller returning from a visit to forested areas in peninsular Malaysia and Thailand during August-September 2018.
Ebola treatment trial: two drugs identified as more effective
Two out of the four drugs tested in a multi-drug randomised control trial have been found more effective in treating Ebola, the World Health Organization announced on Monday. The Data and Safety Monitoring Board, an independent body that has been reviewing interim safety and efficacy data, has therefore recommended that the study be stopped and that all future patients be randomized to receive either REGN-EB3 or mAb114, in what is being considered an extension phase of the study.