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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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Adequate treatment essential to stop tuberculosis across Europe – WHO/ECDC new report

Over 1000 patients are estimated to fall sick with tuberculosis every day across Europe – or over 380 000 yearly – signalling that there is no room for complacency when it comes to TB prevention and control.

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ECDC: Annual Epidemiological Report 2012

ECDC’s new Annual Epidemiological Report provides a comprehensive review of more than 50 communicable diseases currently notifiable under EU legislation.

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WHO and ECDC recommend immediate resumption of BCG vaccination programme in Romania

A joint mission of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe) to Romania has recommended immediate resumption of BCG (Bacille Calmette–Guérin) vaccination against tuberculosis in infants in the country.

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ECDC Director Marc Sprenger: TB control – a “common responsibility”

While many European countries are progressing towards TB elimination, the target of less than 1 TB case/1,000,000 population is still far from being achieved everywhere.

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Towards TB elimination: ECDC and ERS introduce new guidelines on tuberculosis care in Europe

ECDC and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) have developed 21 patient-centred standards that aim to guide clinicians and public health workers in their daily work to ensure optimal diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tuberculosis (TB) in Europe.

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