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30 May 2017
WEEKLY NEWS

Dear colleagues,

The Lancet mentions ECCMID 2017 in its editorial as the world's most important infectious diseases meeting. The journal also features a two-page highlight article about our congress (paywall).

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Last call for WHO observership applications, deadline 6 June

A group of 10 ESCMID members are offered a three-day programme at the WHO Regional Office for Europe, Division of Communicable Diseases, Health Security and Environment (DCE) in Copenhagen, Denmark. On ESCMID’s website you find more information on the objectives and election criteria for the WHO DCE observership from 24 to 26 October 2017. The deadline for applications is 6 June at 12:00 noon CET.

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CMI highlight: how to establish and run a stool bank

Currently there are no European and/or international recommendations regarding the legislative aspects of Faecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) products to treat recurrent Clostridium difficile infections (CDI). Researchers in the Netherlands published a review describing how they established the Netherlands Donor Feces Bank (NDFB) for standardised FMT products. They describe NDFB protocols for donor recruitment, donor selection, donor screening, as well as production, preparation, storage, distribution and transfers of the faecal suspension between various countries and institutions.

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ESCMID establishes Emerging Infections Task Force

The ESCMID Executive Committee recently established an Emerging Infections Task Force (EITaF) to provide its members with up-to-date information on outbreaks with epidemic or pandemic potential. The group of infectious disease and clinical microbiology experts, chaired by Nicola Petrosillo and Eskild Petersen, evaluates emerging infection threats. EITaF has the necessary knowledge and state-of-the-art laboratories to analyse and identify any unknown pathogens. EITaF published a first comment on the recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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