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21 May 2019

Dear colleagues,

Please find below the latest edition of ESCMID Weekly News.

With kind regards,

ESCMID Executive Office.


Second ESCMID Course on Precision Medicine – Rome, Italy, 26-28 September 2019

Be sure to sign up for the Second ESCMID Course on Precision Medicine, taking place in Rome this September. More information and links to the Flyer and registration can be found on the ESCMID Courses and Workshops page.

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Apply now for an ESCMID funded Observership at the ECDC

Applications are still being accepted for the ESCMID funded observerships at the ECDC. Submit your documents until 29. May 2019, 12:00 (CET) for one of the 15 precious observerships at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The visit at ECDC will take place from 2. – 6. September 2019 and the first preview of the programme is online. Use the link below to get directed to the website and submit your application to ESCMID today.

In case of questions, please contact: observership@escmid.org

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New EUCAST initiatives for public consultation

Two new items for consultations have just been published by EUCAST

  1. Recategorising wild type distributions of some species/agents "Susceptible, increased exposure", instead of the current "Susceptible, standard exposure".
  2. Proposed EUCAST AMST reference method for the determination of MICs in organisms belonging to the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex.

You can read more on the EUCAST website.

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More great insights from ECCMID TV

Catch up on some great content from ECCMID 2019 in Amsterdam on the ESCMID YouTube channel. New highlights include a survival guide from ECCMID Veteran Christian Giske, who has a few tips to give after 15 ECCMIDs!

In another great video, Prof. Olivier Epaulard gives advice to first-time speakers in an inside look at the ECCMID presentation process.

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CMI highlight: Growth of Zika virus in human reconstituted respiratory, intestinal, vaginal and neural tissues

V. Cagno et al. aim to better define ZIKV tropism.

Zika virus (ZIKV) is mostly mosquito borne but can also be transmitted by the sexual route, and persist in semen for prolonged time. Moreover, viral RNA has been detected in breastmilk, saliva, lacrimal fluids and urines, suggesting other possible transmission routes. The authors investigated the tropism of ZIKV Asian and African strains using human-derived neural, vaginal, intestinal and respiratory tissues.

ZIKV Asian and African strains were able to grow in all tissues tested, although with different efficiency (7.3 log RNA copies released apically in vaginal tissues versus 9.8 log RNA copies released in intestinal tissues), without the need of major adaptation.

This study results underline that ZIKV tropism may be broader than expected in humans and stresses the need to better explore all possible viral shedding sites and transmission routes.

Read the full article @ #CMI

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EUCIC survey: Infection Control Team’s Opinion About Influenza Vaccination

Health care workers (HCWs) are at risk for infection by influenza. For this reason, the annual influenza vaccine is recommended for HCWs not only to protect themselves but also to protect other HCWs and, most importantly, their patients. However, influenza vaccination rates among HCWs are usually lower than expected, with variations and differences observed between countries.
The hospital infection control teams have a potential to change HCWs’ attitude and practices towards influenza vaccination.

Through this survey, performed by the European Committee on Infection Control (EUCIC), available in ten languages (Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish), we aim to understand the attitudes of the infection control teams on influenza vaccination in different countries and their rationale for accepting or rejecting influenza vaccination. Results and conclusions derived from this survey will help shape future strategies.

The survey will be open from 17 May until 15 July 2019.


We look forward to your feedback and participation in this exciting initiative! Thank you for your contribution and commitment in advance.

If you have further questions feel free to contact us at any time EUCIC@escmid.org.

On behalf of the EUCIC working group (Önder Ergönül, Şiran Keske, Nico T. Mutters, Constantinos Tsioutis) and translators (Gabriel Birgand, Elena Carrara, Edwina Doting, Juan Pablo Horcajada, Natalia Pshenichnaya, Oana Sandulescu)

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