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18 July 2017

Dear colleagues,

The ESCMID Emerging Infections Task Force (EITaF) publishes a comment on a cholera outbreak in Yemen and the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca.


Cholera outbreak in Yemen and the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca

A cholera epidemic in Yemen, which has infected more than 332,000 people, could spread during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia in September, although Saudi authorities are well prepared, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

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New papers of ESCMID Vaccine supplement published online

New papers, which will be included in an ESCMID VACCINE supplement entitled Progress in Vaccines have now been published online. The special issue, managed by the guest editors Mario Poljak, Susanna Esposito and Litjen Tan, includes papers on presentations at ECCMID 2016 in Amsterdam as well as manuscripts that complement the topic.

Norovirus vaccines under development

New perspectives for hexavalent vaccines

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CMI: ZIKV RNA detection in semen of asymptomatic blood donors

Zika virus (ZIKV) transmission through semen donation has never been reported but the risk is supported by the detection of ZIKV in semen and the demonstration of sexual transmission. Researchers of the Recipient Epidemiology and Donor Evaluation Study (REDS-III) ZIKV Study Group tested longitudinally collected semen samples provided by asymptomatic blood donors who tested positive for ZIKV RNA in plasma during ZIKV outbreaks in Puerto Rico and Florida in 2016. They concluded that a high percentage of detection of ZIKV RNA in the semen of asymptomatic men confirm that ZIKV is a new threat for reproductive medicine and should have important implications for assisted reproductive technology. They recommend that semen donations from men at risk for ZIKV infection should be tested for ZIKV RNA, regardless of symptoms of ZIKV infection.

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Reminder: call for abstracts for vaccine conference

The abstract submission for the 4th Conference on Vaccines: new and old Diseases in adults and children – unmet needs is still open until 23 July 2017. The conference from 8 – 10 September 2017 in Dubrovnik,Croatia, is set to bring together leading experts who will present and debate the most recent data to develop strategies that will help protect generations to come from vaccine-preventable diseases. The target audience are specialists or physicians in training in infectious diseases, clinical microbiology, hygiene, public health, vaccinology and other disciplines dealing with all aspects of vaccination. 

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