Recent ECDC publications available online (September 2009)

Since 30 April ECDC has been working on a number of documents related to the influenza A(H1N1) pandemic. As well as Daily Updates, ECDC now publishes a Weekly Executive Update providing a weekly overview of ECDC work and global developments pertaining to pandemic influenza 2009, and a Weekly Influenza Surveillance Overview giving an analysis of the latest surveillance data.

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In addition the following have been published or updated:

Pandemic (H1N1) 2009: Current pandemic risk assessment

The risk assessment was revised on 25 September. This interim ECDC risk assessment for Europe is based on data and analyses available in mid-September 2009. It draws on the experience in the affected European Countries, North America and more recent data from the Southern Hemisphere‘s temperate countries, which have passed through a winter with the new virus.

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The bacterial challenge: time to react

There is a gap between the burden of infections due to multidrug-resistant bacteria and the development of new antibiotics to tackle the problem. This report gives an account of facts and figures that would allow reasonable predictions of the extent of this gap in the coming years and calls for a European and global strategy to address the problem urgently.

One of the conclusions of the report is that there is a particular lack of new antibiotics with new targets or mechanisms of action against multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria. Only two such agents with new or possibly new targets and documented activity were identified, both in early phases of development

Possible target readership: public health officials, policymakers, antimicrobial resistance experts.

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TECHNICAL REPORT: Mapping of HIV/STI behavioural surveillance in Europe

This report is an in-depth analysis of the current situation regarding behavioural surveillance programmes related to HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STI) in EU and EFTA countries. Surveillance is examined in the following populations: general population, youth, injecting drug users (IDU), men who have sex with men (MSM), people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), sex workers, STI clinic clients, migrant and ethnic minorities.

Resulting from the overall analysis, core indicators, common to all populations, are proposed. These relate to the number of sexual partners, use of a condom at last intercourse, having had an HIV test, having paid for sex, and HIV knowledge.

Possible target readership: public health officials, surveillance experts, HIV/STI experts, policymakers

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Meeting Report: Expert consultation on West Nile virus infection

In April 2009, ECDC organised an expert consultation on West Nile Virus (WNV) infection. The main objectives of the meeting were to provide an overview of the current situation regarding WNV and to address gaps in the current knowledge. Further objectives included identifying the role of the ECDC in order to strengthen preparedness and response at the European level. The meeting brought together a multidisciplinary group of experts from Europe and around the world and this report summarises the presentations and discussions held over the course of the two day consultation.

Possible target readership: public health officials, experts in the field of infectious diseases, epidemiology, case management and infection control, meeting participants

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Overview of surveillance of influenza 2009/2010 in the EU/EEA

This document provides technical information on influenza A(H1N1) 2009 surveillance at the European level, including a detailed list of database variables. It is based on the outcomes of the July 2009 meeting of ECDC’s Surveillance and Studies in a Pandemic Working Group and on the WHO guidance on global surveillance of this virus, published on 10 July 2009.

Possible target readership: surveillance experts, influenza experts, pandemic preparedness experts, IT personnel

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