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TB/HIV co-infections up 40% across Europe over the last five years

New TB surveillance report released by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the WHO Regional Office for Europe ahead of World TB Day.

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ECDC report: Molecular typing for surveillance of multidrug-resistant TB in the EU/EEA

The report describes the geographical and temporal distribution of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) using molecular typing data reported by European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA) Member States for 2015 and the preceding years.

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XDR-TB reported in Romania: more cases may be expected

Four cases have been detected in Oradea Municipality, Bihor County, Romania.

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ECDC: Social media strategy development – A guide to using social media for public health communication

The guide provides public health organisations with a practical approach to integrate social media into their overall communication activities. It focuses on identifying effective ways to use social media to enhance crisis, risk and corporate communication with regard to communicable disease prevention and control.

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ECDC report: Molecular typing for surveillance of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the EU/EEA

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TB elimination at stake unless Europe cares urgently for vulnerable, poor and marginalized populations and migrants

High rates of multidrug-resistant TB and TB in vulnerable populations, such as the homeless, drug and alcohol abusers and migrants from countries with high numbers of TB cases continue to challenge TB elimination in Europe.

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Handbook on TB laboratory diagnostic methods for the European Union

The handbook is a comprehensive compilation of key methods in the field of TB diagnostics for laboratories serving reference functions in Europe.   

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ECDC welcomes the endorsement of the global action plan on antimicrobial resistance by the World Health Assembly

On 25 May, delegates from the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO), endorsed a global action plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance. The goal of this action plan is to ensure successful treatment and prevention of infectious diseases by securing fair, affordable access to effective antimicrobial agents to those who need it most.

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ECDC: Tuberculosis in Europe: from passive control to active elimination – high- and low-incidence countries

This four-page evidence brief provides an overview of tuberculosis control and elimination efforts in the EU/EEA, with a particular focus on the epidemiological differences between high- and low-incidence countries.

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ECDC: Expert Opinion on the introduction of new drugs for tuberculosis control in the EU/EEA

​This Expert Opinion outlines some pre-conditions that are considered to be essential at the national level prior to the use of new drugs for the treatment of tuberculosis, as well as specific conditions needed in order to successfully implement new TB drugs/regimens. 

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