ESCMID newsletter

Summer 2012

Dear Colleague,
The summer newsletter features June to August news at ESCMID. Among them our increasing content on the website which makes this newsletter reacher than ever. The monthly president’s editorial in July shows the new ESCMID president’s vision for the society. Also, you can read the highlights from EUCAST and CMI and get eager to know more. The ESCMID 2013 Awards applications and nominations are open and ESCMID is expecting the most ambitious to be the first to apply. The ESCMID Manual of Microbiology is now for sale and you can easily order it. Sure to give you some thrills, ESCMID is sharing with you some of the most promising ECCMID 2013 sessions and, as a partner of ISID for IMED 2013, ESCMID presents an early preview of what the congress will be.

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ESCMID's president Gunnar Kahlmeter
July President's Editorial

The President greets you all, ESCMID members and non-members alike. My presidential reign started immediately after ECCMID 2012 in London and will end immediately after ECCMID in Barcelona 2014 when Murat Akova, ID, Ankara, Turkey, takes over. ESCMID has been through some tough times lately. Giuseppe Cornaglia, Verona, Italy, piloted us through the difficult times when ESCMID Switzerland was formed and the old ESCMID dissolved. No details required. We are through and soon everything will be back to normal. What is normal? Read more

EUCAST Highlights - August 2012

Breakpoints: EUCAST breakpoints have been set for ceftaroline, one of few cephalosporines with activity against MRSA. Two other new agents are currently being assessed. Epidemiological Cutoff Values/breakpoints for Campylobacter spp., for Pasteurella multocida and for topical agents are currently going through the EUCAST consultation process and anyone interested in commenting should keep an eye at the EUCAST website. The Antifungal Susceptibility Testing Subcommittee has published breakpoints for voriconazole with Aspergillus spp. Read more

Awards calls 2013 – be ambitious!

Although you can apply until 12 November 2012, 12.00 CET, why should you wait so long? You can be the winner of the ESCMID Awards 2013, be ambitious and apply right now! Nominations and applications are open for the ESCMID Excellence Award, ESCMID Young Investigator Award, TAE Excellence Training Award, and Research Grants. Read more

Buy the ESCMID Manual of Microbiology

The ESCMID-SFM Manual of Microbiology is a jointly produced hard-copy publication by ESCMID and SFM. In 2010 a popular French Manual of Microbiology was published by SFM. The new manual is based upon the original French manual, but has been updated and adapted for Europe. There are 52 chapters covering essential information in clinical microbiology.
You can now order the newest edition of the Manual of Microbiology launched at the ECCMID in London in April 2012. The cost for individual copies is EUR 50. A download form to purchase book and a preview of the first 15 pages of the book (.pdf) are available on the ESCMID website. Read more



ECCMID 2013 Scientific Programme at a glance

The Scientific Programme Committee has just assembled the ECCMID 2013 programme and the full ECCMID 2013 preliminary programme will be published in September. In the meantime ESCMID gives you a glimpse behind the scenes by sharing some promising sessions with you: Azole antifungal resistance: an environmental threat to community; Culturomics - the rebirth of microbial culture; Therapeutic choices in the management of Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia: roles of new and old agent; Epidemiological use of Next Generation Sequencing data; Bet hedging - how bacteria adapt to varying environments; ESCMID/ECMM Guideline: diagnosis and therapy of rare and emerging fungi; Innovative technologies for the diagnosis of parasitic diseases; Current challenges in the management of viral hepatitis.


ESCMID journal - CMI

CMI’s August issue highlights

The Infection Hot Topic of the August issue is Soldiers and epidemics by Rogier Cristoph, Director of Institut Pasteur de Madagascar. 

Following the highlights of the August issue:

August issue editorial

Current outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus, by O. Dumitrescu and G. Lina

August issue reviews

  • USA300 abroad: global spread of a virulent strain of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, by G. R. Nimmo
  • Livestock-associated Staphylococcus aureus, by A. C. Fluit
  • Novel and uncommon antimicrobial resistance genes in livestock-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, by K. Kadlec, A. T. Feßler, T. Hauschild and S. Schwarz

CMI’s August hot topic
Soldiers and epidemics by Rogier Cristoph, Director of Institut Pasteur de Madagascar

While epidemics are known to accompany wars, the unintentional involvement of militaries in the spread of pathogens or the emergence ofoutbreaks is less documented. The deployment of soldiers has resulted in several epidemics in civilian populations; for example, the spread of smallpox, pandemic influenza, sexually transmitted infections, malaria,multiresistant bacteria, Panton-Valentine leukocidin-positive Staphylococcus aureus, and, more recently, Vibrio cholerae has been attributed to military deployment and activities. Such soldiers-borne epidemics are favored by lack immunity of militaries against pathogens, inappropriate control measures, lack of supervision, disrespect of health rules and laws, poor compliance with hygiene and preventive measures, crowdedness of military camps, long-range mobility and mixing of troops from different origins. While peacekeeping operations are aimed at helping civilian populations, such soldiers-borne epidemics may have dramatic health and political consequences that could hamper the success of the mission. Therefore, the international organizations and the states that mandate such troops within civilian populations weakened by war or social disorganization, have to ensure an appropriate health screening and support of the soldiers and a close monitoring of potentially epidemic diseases.
To read the full article please login into ESCMID website and then read more on CMI website.

CMI’s July issue highlights

The July CMI special issue includes the supplement Microbiome: Deciphering the last human body organ. Guest editors are Andrés Moya, Rafael Canton and Didier Raoult. The supplement features several articles on microbiota and metagenomics and the introduction –The microbiome as a human organ –is written by F. Baquero and C. Nombela.

The Infection Hot Topic of the July issue is Emergence of antibiotic resistance: need for a new paradigm, by J.M. Rolain, R. Canton and G. Cornaglia. The article is now freely available on Wiley website.

Following the themed section of the CMI July issue:

July issue editorial

You can teach old pathogens new tricks: the zoonotic potential of Escherichia coli, Clostridium difficile, Staphylococcus aureus, and enterococci, or from Noah’s Ark to Pandora’s Box, by G. Pappas

July issue reviews

  • Enterococci of animal origin and their significance for public health , by A. M. Hammerum
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus among companion and food-chain animals: impact of human contacts, by E. Petinaki and I. Spiliopoulou
  • Clostridium difficile infection in the community: a zoonotic disease?, by M. P. M. Hensgens, E. C. Keessen, M. M. Squire, T. V. Riley, M. G. J. Koene, E. de Boer, L. J. A. Lipman and E. J. Kuijper, on behalf of European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Study Group for Clostridium difficile (ESGCD)
  • Extended-spectrum Beta-lactamase-producing and AmpC-producing Escherichia coli from livestock and companion animals, and their putative impact on public health: a global perspective, by C. Ewers, A. Bethe, T. Semmler, S. Guenther and L. H. Wieler


CM/ID world news

February 15–18, 2013, Vienna, Austria
International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance - IMED 2013

The International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) is organising the 4th IMED, International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance, to be held in Vienna in 2013. ESCMID will partner ISID and organise the session Emerging infectious diseases and novel diagnostic tools.
Some of the planned sessions are: Disease Surveillance, Detection and Reporting and Outbreak Modeling; Vectorborne and Zoonotic Diseases; Foodborne and Waterborne Infections; Infections Related to Travel and Migration of Humans and Animals; Animal Reservoirs for Emerging Pathogens; Agents of Bioterrorism/Biological Warfare; Specific Disease Threats: Pandemic Influenza, Anthrax, C. difficile, Q fever, Rift Valley Fever. Read more

Best regards,
Your ESCMID Communications Editors


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