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25 October 2016

Dear colleagues,

Visit ESCMID at booth 1309 at ID Week from 26 – 30 October in New Orleans!
The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics publishes country reports on farm antibiotic use.
The Longitude Prize team on 21 November will announce the winners of its Discovery Awards, small seed grants to help teams and individuals further develop their ideas for the Longitude Prize.

Best regards, your ESCMID communications editors


ECDC public consultation on rotavirus vaccination in infancy

On 17 October, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) launched a public consultation on the preliminary scientific advice document Expert opinion on rotavirus vaccination in infancy. The consultation is open until 28 November 2016. The input will be used for ECDC’s expert opinion to support the decision-making process at the European Union/European Economic Area member states on the possible introduction and monitoring of routine vaccination against rotavirus-induced gastroenteritis in infants. Please read more here on how to submit contributions.

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CMI highlight: costs of an CPE outbreak in London hospitals

Researchers at the Imperial College performed an economic evaluation of the cost associated with an outbreak of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) at hospitals in London. The outbreak cost €1.1 million over 10 months, comprising €312,000 of actual expenditure (drugs, laboratory costs, contact precautions, decontamination, monitoring and costs of bay closures), and €822,000 in opportunity cost (lost bed days, missed revenue, staff time). Reduced capacity to perform elective surgical procedures related to bed closures (€349,000) represented the greatest cost. An additional €153,000 was spent on estates renovations prompted by the outbreak. The authors conclude that CPE outbreaks are highly costly.

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Call for ESCMID Excellence and Young Investigator Awards closes soon

Nominations are accepted until 15 November 2016 at 12:00 noon CET for the Award for Excellence in recognition of an outstanding lifetime contribution to science, education or professional affairs in the field of infection as well as for the Young Investigator Award, which rewards outstanding research and stimulates further studies at the highest scientific level.

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