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17 April 2020

European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) 2020

The 30th ECCMID that was cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 6000 abstracts were submitted and the accepted abstracts were put together into an abstract book. Although the congress was cancelled, we highlighted many of the pertinent and exciting abstracts that were accepted in press releases. You can find links to each press release and abstract below as well as the link to our ECCMID 2020 Abstract Book.


Small study shows paper towels much more effective at removing viruses than hand dryers

Study shows European coins have antimicrobial activity in contrast to banknotes

Study shows it is safe to give antibiotics to mothers after umbilical cord clamping in C-sections, to avoid exposure of newborns

Study of sewage finds link between different rates of sepsis in UK and presence of E. coli in the community

Study detects presence of disease-causing E. coli in recreational waters, including in bathing waters rated excellent under EU criteria

Elderly patients with pneumonia twice as likely to die as those with broken hips, yet underestimate the danger of pneumonia

Study reveals raw-type dog foods as a major source of multidrug-resistant bacteria that could potentially colonize humans

Study identifies last-line antibiotic resistance in humans and pet dog

Study suggests pets are not a major source of transmission of drug-resistant microbes to their owners

Large population study links blood infection with certain bacteria to increased risk of colorectal cancer

European vaccination survey shows wide variety of parents' opinions across UK, Italy, France, Spain and Germany

Silent, airborne transmission likely to be a key factor in scarlet fever outbreaks


25 September 2019

European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) vaccine conference in Bilbao, Spain

At the During the 5th ESCMID Conference on Vaccines in Bilbao, Spain organised by the European Society of Clinical microbiology and Infectious Disease, Professor Mina presented his findings and urged parents to vaccinate their children.

Children who catch measles are more vulnerable to other deadly infections for the next two to three years, experts have warned.

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23 September 2019

Berlin: Declaration of Physicians Dedicated to the Diagnosis and Care of Patients with lnfectious Diseases

On the occasion of the annual meeting of delegates, which took place in Berlin on September 20th and 21st, 2019, the Infectious Diseases Section of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS-ID) presented the Berlin Declaration on the European perspectives of health policy aspects and especially on developments in Infectious Diseases.


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Read the Declaration here.

16 April 2019

Venezuela estimated to have had 1 million new malaria infections in 2018

Over the last two decades, Venezuela has transitioned into a deep socioeconomic and political crisis. Once recognised as a regional leader for public health and vector control policies and programming, Venezuela’s healthcare has fallen into a state of collapse, creating a severe and ongoing humanitarian crisis. Economic and political mismanagement have precipitated hyperinflation rates above 45,000%, people impoverishment and long-term shortages of essential medicines and medical supplies. In this context, well controlled diseases, such as malaria, are turning into epidemics of unprecedented magnitude.


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15 April 2019

European experts sound alarm as mosquito and tick-borne diseases set to flourish in warmer climate

Mosquito-borne virus infections, such as dengue and chikungunya, are continuously expanding their geographical range. The dengue virus, which is known to be a common cause of febrile illness in tropical areas of the Old World, is now widespread in the Americas. In most affected areas, all the four dengue virus serotypes have circulated. Recently, small clusters of dengue have been identified also in Southern Europe during the hot season. The chikungunya virus, initially restricted to Central Africa, where is a common cause of sporadic cases or small outbreaks, and Asia, where it is used to cause large epidemics, has recently invaded new territories. After ravaging Indian Ocean Islands and the Indian subcontinent, CHIKV caused an outbreak in north-eastern Italy.


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14 April 2019

Petting zoos could potentially transmit highly virulent drug resistant bacteria to visitors

Petting zoos are popular all around the world, allowing direct and indirect exposure of children and adults with diverse animal species. ESBL and AmpC-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL/AmpC-E) have become a great concern in human and veterinary medicine; and have been detected in petting zoos.


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New Zealand


13 April 2019

Mode of delivery alters infants’ gut microbiota and this may impact respiratory health in first year of life

The impact of the human microbiome on health is becoming increasingly clear, with perturbations of the microbial community being associated with various (immune) disorders. Early life microbiota development seems influenced by mode of delivery, although it has been debated that this depends mostly on maternal antibiotic exposure.


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New Zealand

Medical Press

12 April 2019

Privacy curtains used in healthcare worldwide are a potential source of drug-resistant bacteria transmission to patients

Patient privacy curtains are high-touch surfaces that are cleaned infrequently and could contribute to pathogen transmission. The aim of this study was to evaluate curtain contamination with multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) in skilled nursing facility (SNF) rooms to inform curtain hygiene protocols. Within the US, SNFs care for both post-acute care patients (average length of stay ~22 days) and long stay residents (average length of stay up to 2 years).


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The Guardian

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New York Post