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13 June 2017

Dear colleagues,

The World Health Organization updated its Essential Medicines List with new advice on the use of antibiotics, and adds medicines for hepatitis C, HIV, tuberculosis and cancer:

ESCMID’s Parity Commission is supporting a course by the University of Groningen on gender and diversity.

Your ESCMID communications editors


EUCIC call for training centres to join IPC programme

The European Committee for Infection Control is calling upon institutes active in infection prevention and control (IPC) to participate in the EUCIC Infection Prevention and Control Initiative. You may apply to be among one of the training or excellence centers providing modules for students participating in the programme. Interested institutes are requested to submit full course details and schedules before Friday, 14 July 2017. For more information, please refer to EUCIC training programme website, where you can find the flyer and details about the current training programme.

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CMI highlight: zoonotic threat emerges from Chlamydia psittaci

Two recent reports investigating human cases of psittacosis in Australia have uncovered a new role for Chlamydia psittaci, in equine reproductive disease and zoonoses. C. psittaci is traditionally an avian pathogen and cause of atypical pneumonia in humans associated with direct contact with infected birds. A cohort study of a cluster of human cases revealed that contact with the foetal membranes of a mare was the main risk factor. Subsequent molecular investigation revealed that the equine tissue was infected with a highly pathogenic avian strain of C. psittaci associated with infections in parrots throughout the world and serious zoonoses. Like other wildlife-borne diseases in Australia such as Hendra, this study reveals that chlamydial pathogen spill-over to horses is possible and that human contact with infected horses is a public health threat that needs to be considered by veterinarians and human physicians alike. [For access to the article you need to be a member/subscriber.]

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TAE is conducting a survey on supervision, mentorship, management

This 10-minute anonymous survey has been developed by the members of the Trainee Association of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (TAE) steering committee, and is intended for trainees and young specialists in clinical microbiology (CM) and infectious diseases (ID). To participate please follow this link.

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Opening for medical microbiology PhD position at University of Antwerp

The University of Antwerp’s Laboratory of Medical Microbiology (LMM) at the Vaccine & Infectious Diseases Institute in Antwerp, Belgium, has an open PhD position in medical and molecular microbiology. The doctoral scholarship lasts for four years. The PhD student would primarily investigate medically relevant biofilms using state-of-the-art molecular techniques.

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