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Ending TB is a race against time and drug resistance

TB burden in the WHO European Region as a whole is decreasing. However, TB is second only to COVID-19 as an infectious disease that kills, and drug resistance is a major concern.

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ECDC: Tuberculosis - Annual epidemiological report for 2018

For 2018, 30 countries in the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) reported a total of 52 862 tuberculosis (TB) cases (10.2 per 100 000 population).

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Despite 4% decline in EU/EEA TB cases, challenges remain in achieving targets

A joint ECDC – WHO report released on 24 March 2020 shows an overall decline of 4% in the number of notified tuberculosis cases between 2014 and 2018 in the EU/EEA countries. Although this is evidence of improvement, the treatment success rates for new and relapse cases, as well as for patients with drug-resistant TB are still below regional and global targets. Improvements can be achieved through, for example, better management of latent TB as a preventative measure against active TB, says ECDC.

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TB in the Netherlands

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) released a joint report reviewing the TB prevention and care system in the Netherlands.

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ECDC-WHO report: TB surveillance and monitoring in Europe 2019

Every hour 30 people are diagnosed with TB in the European Region. It’s time to make TB a disease of the past.

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ECDC issues migrant screening and vaccination guidance

Increased rates of migration to and within the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA) in recent years has made the development of migration policy, including health policy, a priority for the region. ECDC is supporting this by issuing guidance to EU/EEA member states, in order to facilitate effective screening and vaccination for priority infectious diseases among newly arrived migrant populations.

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The sleeping giant: the danger of neglecting latent TB infection

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has published comprehensive guidance on the management of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) targeted for European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries.

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European Union Standards for Tuberculosis Care - 2017 update

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) have developed 21 patient-centred standards to guide clinicians and public health workers in their work to ensure optimal diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tuberculosis (TB) in Europe. In 2017, the European Union Standards for Tuberculosis Care (ESTC) were updated to incorporate the most recent technological developments and international recommendations for TB diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

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ECDC and WHO Regional Office for Europe TB fact sheet 2018

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe released a fact sheet, providing basic information on TB in the WHO European Region ahead of the UN High-Level Meeting on TB to be held on 26 September.

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Handbook on TB laboratory diagnostic methods in the European Union – updated 2018

The aim of this handbook is to provide network members and other laboratories involved in the diagnosis of tuberculosis, with an agreed list of key diagnostic methods and their protocols in various areas of TB diagnosis, ranging from microbiological diagnosis of active TB to the diagnosis of latent TB infection.

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