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17 April 2018

Dear colleagues,

ESCMID is less than a week away. We hope to see you all in Madrid for another exceptional programme (pdf, online) from 21 – 24 April 2018.

Your ESCMID communications editors


ESCMID seeks programme director for its annual congress

We are seeking qualified applications for the position of the future Programme Director for our annual European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) starting 2020 or 2021 – after at least a one-year transition period as deputy. He or she will then be responsible for identifying the main topics, selecting the speakers and chairpersons and evaluating submitted proposals and abstracts to develop an attractive scientific and educational programme. The programme director will manage and coordinate the ECCMID Programme Committee and liaise with the ESCMID study groups. 

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CMI highlight: spread of CRE in animals and transmission to humans

Köck et al reviewed the spread of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) in livestock, food and companion animals and a potential transmission to humans. They included 68 articles describing CRE among pigs, poultry, cattle, seafood, dogs, cats, horses, pet birds, swallows, wild boars, wild stork, gulls and black kites in Africa, America, Asia, Australia, and Europe between 1980 and 2017. The primary outcome was the occurrence of CRE in samples from these animals; secondary outcomes included the prevalence of CRE, carbapenemase types, CRE genotypes and antimicrobial susceptibilities. They detected the carbapenemases (predominantly affecting Escherichia and Klebsiella): VIM, KPC, NDM, OXA and IMP. Two studies found that 33-67% of exposed humans on poultry farms carried carbapenemase-producing CRE closely related to isolates from the farm environment. 27 studies selectively screened samples for CRE and found a prevalence of <1% among livestock and companion animals in Europe, 2-26% in Africa and 1-15% in Asia. Wildlife (gulls) in Australia and Europe carried CRE in 16-19%. The researchers conclude that the occurrence of CRE in livestock, seafood, wildlife, pets and directly exposed humans poses a risk for public health. Prospective prevalence studies using molecular and cultural microbiological methods are needed to better define the scope and transmission of CRE.

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Just two more days to register for TAE Day!

Places at TAE Day on 21 April at 13:15 are filling up fast so sign up now!

To ensure you can speak to your chosen CM or ID expert, sign up here now. This is a popular session which gives younger professionals the chance to talk to experts in an informal setting. The TAE Award will also be presented during the session and you will hear from the Young Investigator awardees. The deadline for registration is 19 April.

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ESCMID PGEC in China about MDR organisms and colistin resistance

ESCMID is organizing a postgraduate education course about multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) and colistin resistance on 25 and 26 May 2018 in Beijing, China. Clinical microbiologists, infectious disease specialists, public health specialists, or training physicians in infectious diseases may learn about infection control, therapy and rapid diagnosis of MDROs as well as colistin resistance. The registration deadline is 11 May 2018, and you have time until 27 April if you want to apply for an attendance grant.

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COMBACTE networking event on the evening of Monday 23 April

Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance in Europe (COMBACTE) is a key project of the European Commissions’ New Drugs For Bad Bugs (ND4BB) programme, which together with the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) is part of the collaborative R&D efforts to tackle antimicrobial resistance. On Monday, 23 April from 19:30 – 22:00 COMBACTE is hosting a networking event for specialists from universities, hospitals, laboratories and the industry, and those interested to learn more about the private-public partnership and the academic milestones the consortium has already reached. You may pick up an invitation for the event at the COMBACTE booth #37.

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