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26 July 2016

Dear colleagues,

The abstract submission for the 16th Asia Pacific Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infection in Melbourne, Australia, will close 1 August 2016. You may submit abstracts and register for the 16th APCCMI (30 November – 3 December 2016), on the congress website.

Best regards, your ESCMID communications editors


ESCMID publishes update on diagnostic guidance for CID

ESCMID updated its guideline for diagnosing Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) to take account of newer diagnostic tools, especially nucleic acid amplification tests. The guideline, which underwent public consultation, summarizes the currently available evidence on laboratory diagnosis of CDI and revises recommendations to optimize testing. The ESCMID experts recommend a two-step algorithm. Samples without free toxin detected by toxins A and B enzyme immunoassays (EIAs) but with positive glutamate dehydrogenase EIA, nucleic acid amplification test or toxigenic culture results require clinical evaluation to discern CDI from asymptomatic carriage, the authors recommend. The update is essential to improve CDI diagnosis and diagnosis uniformity for surveillance purposes. The guideline was published and is openly accessible in ESCMID’s journal Clinical Microbiology and Infection

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ESCMID postpones educational courses in Turkey

Because of the political uncertainties in Turkey the ESCMID Executive Committee decided to postpone two educational events, which were scheduled to take place in September, until further notice. This measure concerns the course on brain infections planned in Izmir from 4 – 7 September and a course on septic shock on 22 and 23 September in Istanbul. ESCMID will keep you updated about all its educational courses on its website.

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CMI highlight: Tropheryma whipplei associated with diarrhea

Researchers in Marseille evaluated the link between the bacterium Tropheryma whipplei and the presence of acute diarrhea in a large group of young children. The study showed that T. whipplei was significantly more common in patients with diarrhea (22/555, 4%) than without (56/3,241, 1.7%; p=0.001). Neither C. difficile nor G. duodenalis showed this association. The researchers also found that T. whipplei was found more commonly in the autumn. The researchers concluded that T. whipplei is significantly associated with diarrhea in children, suggesting that the bacterium may be a cause of acute diarrhea.

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