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Each day 1000 people fall sick with tuberculosis in the European Region

Tuberculosis cases down by 6% in 2013 – pace too slow to reach elimination this century. Rates of MDR-TB remain at very high levels, making the European Region the most affected area of the entire world.

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EU report provides basis for effective fight against development of resistant bacteria

The use of certain antimicrobials in animals and humans is associated with resistance to these antimicrobials in bacteria from animals and humans. There are also important differences in the consumption of antimicrobials in animals and in humans between European countries. These are some of the findings of the first integrated analysis of data from humans, animals and food in Europe published jointly by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

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ECDC: Annual Epidemiological Report 2014: tuberculosis

The Annual Epidemiological Report 2014 for respiratory tract infections - tuberculosis provides a snapshot of the epidemiological situation of TB in Europe, featuring data from 2012.

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Report of the joint ECDC and WHO review of the national tuberculosis programme in Bulgaria

The report outlines the results of the joint ECDC and WHO review of the Bulgarian National Tuberculosis Control Programme. The programme of the review included visits to national institutions involved in tuberculosis prevention and control, primary healthcare facilities, regional hospitals including laboratories, the hospital for treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, a prison hospital, regional health inspectorates, and non-governmental organisations. The team was supported by national experts.

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ECDC: How to assess risk of tuberculosis transmission on aircraft: an update

ECDC revised the tuberculosis section in its Risk Assessment Guidelines for Infectious Diseases Transmitted on Aircraft (RAGIDA). The new guidelines include an updated systematic review on TB transmission on aircraft, which concludes that there is still not enough evidence of the effectiveness of identifying, tracing and investigating the passengers that might have been infected during a flight.

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ECDC: Tuberculosis cases down by 6% but only 1 in 3 MDR TB patients finishes treatment successfully

New surveillance data published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the WHO Regional Office for Europe ahead of World Tuberculosis Day.

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ECDC Guidance: investigation and control of TB incidents affecting children in congregate settings

ECDC promotes and encourages EU/EAA countries to raise the profile of childhood TB in national childhood TB prevention and control strategies and guidelines.

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ECDC: Mission report: Tuberculosis in Latvia, 22 – 26 October 2012

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO/EURO) regularly collaborate on tuberculosis (TB) surveillance, prevention and control in the European Union. Based on a request from the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Latvia, ECDC and WHO/EURO conducted a joint country visit from 22 to 26 October 2012, with the objective of providing a comprehensive overview of tuberculosis prevention, control and care in the country, and presenting the health authorities with key recommendations and suggested actions to improve work in this area.

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ECDC technical report: Use of rapid molecular assays for diagnosing TB and detecting drug resistance

The use of rapid molecular assays has diagnostic value in tuberculosis identification and detection of drug resistance, although there is not enough evidence to recommend these tools in all populations and situations and they should not replace standard diagnostic methods.

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ECDC Director at European Tuberculosis Networks meeting: “We need to remain vigilant”

This week ECDC is joining its international partners to discuss the common goal of eliminating TB in Europe. The Week of Annual Meetings of European Tuberculosis Networks takes place in The Hague from 28 to 31 May.

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