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22 January 2019

Dear colleagues,

Please find below the latest edition of ESCMID Weekly News.

With kind regards,

ESCMID Executive Office.


2nd ECCMID Programme Committee Meeting completed

The 2nd ECCMID Programme Committee Meeting was held last week in Madrid, Spain, where the allocation of selected abstracts to sessions at ECCMID 2019 was discussed, along with chairpersons for oral sessions, symposia and keynote lectures. Chair invitations will be sent out as soon as the final programme is completed.

You can view the draft programme at the Congress Website

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Registration for ECCMID 2019 - Early Bird fee until
24 January 2019

ECCMID is approaching soon!

To benefit from the early-bird registration deadline, please register before 24 January 2019. Make sure you use our official website to book your hotels to get the best rates.

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New EUCIC e-newsletter released

The December/January EUCIC newsletter has been released, detailing recent modules in the EUCIC training programme, and previewing what is to come in 2019. Check it out here.

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CMI highlight: Accuracy of PCR analysis of nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs for CT-scan confirmed pneumonia in elderly patients

Prendki et al assessed the accuracy of PCR detection of viruses and bacteria on naso- and oropharyngeal swabs (NPS) for the diagnosis of pneumonia in elderly patients with suspected pneumonia. The diagnosis of pneumonia was confirmed in 127 of 199 (64%) included patients (mean age 83 years, community-acquired pneumonia in 105 [83%]). A pathogen was identified by comprehensive molecular testing in 114 patients (57%) and by routine methods in 22 (11%). Comprehensive molecular testing was positive for viruses in 62 patients (31%) and for bacteria in 73 (37%) patients. The sensitivity and specificity were 61% [95% CI: 53–69] and 50% [39–61] for comprehensive molecular testing, and 14% [82–21] and 94% [86–98] for routine testing. Positive LR was 2.55 for routine methods and 1.23 for comprehensive molecular testing. Based on these results, the authors conclude that comprehensive molecular testing of NPS increases the number of pathogens detected compared with routine methods. However the results are poorly predictive of the presence of pneumonia, suggesting that comprehensive molecular testing is unlikely to impact clinical decision-making (NCT02467192).

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EITaF News: A new filovirus discovered from bats in China

EITaF has relayed reports of a new filovirus that has emerged in China.

Nature Microbiology has reported that scientists from China recently discovered and characterized a phylogenetically distinct bat filovirus, named MěnglÓ virus (MLAV).

You can read more about this and other breaking news about emerging infections around the world on the EITaF Outbreak News webpage.

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