Endemic and Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Mediterranean Countries, ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course

23 - 24 March 2013, Limassol, Cyprus

  • Cyprus Society of Chemotherapy and Infectious Diseases (CSCID)
  • Mediterranean Society of Chemotherapy (MSC)
Course Coordinators
  • Maria Alexandrou, Limassol, Cyprus
  • George Daikos, Athens, Greece
  • George Petrikkos, Athens, Greece
Course Objectives
  • To increase awareness of infectious diseases endemic in the Mediterranean region
  • To increase knowledge about the epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of these endemic and emerging infections
  • To describe the problem of resistance and antibiotic usage in this area and to compare the differences between the European and non-European countries
Course Venue

Mediterranean Beach Hotel
71 Amathus Avenue
4533 Agios Tychonas
Limassol, Cyprus

Phone +357 25 55 9999
Fax +357 25 32 4754
P.O. Box 56767
3310 Limassol, Cyprus

Target Audience

Up to 50 – 90 epidemiologists, infectious diseases specialists, microbiologists, internal medicine doctors, pediatricians and PhD students.

Contact Person

Prof George L. Petrikkos
Athens, Greece

Phone +30 210 583 1989-90
Fax +30 210 532 6446

Administrative Secretariat

Georgia Samona
Marathonomahon Street 26
151 24 Marousi-Athens

Phone +30 210 682 7405
Fax +30 210 682 7409


Course Programme

Presentations are availabe in the ESCMID Online Lecture Library.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Bacterial resistance in the Mediterranean countries
Chairpersons: G. Daikos, Y. Carmeli

  • Antibiotic policies and resistance in the Mediterranean countries.
    Atef M. Shibl
  • Gram-positive resistance (MRSA, VRE, S. pneumoniae R). Stefania Stefani
  • Changing epidemiology of ESBLs producing Enterobacteriaceae. Maria Souli
  • Screening for carriage of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae. Why? Whom to screen? And how to screen? Yehuda Carmeli
  • MDR and therapeutic options. George Daikos
  • Coffee break

Special lecture
Chairperson: G. Petrikkos

  • MDR tuberculosis. George Daikos

Chairpersons: D. Raoult, G. Petrikkos

  • Brucellosis. Anna Skiada
  • Rickettsiosis. Didier Raoult
  • New therapies for visceral leishmaniasis. Anna Skiada
  • Leptospirosis. Diamandis Plachouras
  • Lyme’s disease. Souha Kanj
  • Lunch break

Viral infections
Chairpersons: S. Declich, S. Tsiodras

  • Epidemiology of West Nile fever in the Mediterranean basin. Sotiris Tsiodras
  • Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever. Diamantis Plachouras
  • Chikungunya, Dengue and West Nile fever. The Italian situation.
    Silvia Declich
  • Lessons from the 2009 influenza pandemic. Sotiris Tsiodras
  • Viral hepatitis in the Mediterranean countries. George Potamitis
  • Coffee Break

The problems of resistance in Greece and the national plan “Prokroustis”
Chairpersons: G. Petrikkos, Th. Papadimitriou

  • Epidemiology of MDR Gram negatives (K. pneumoniae, P. aeruginosa, A. baumanii). Sotiris Tsiodras
  • How to face the problem. George Daikos

Comments: Y. Carmelli

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Special lecture
Chairperson: D. Plachouras

  • PK-PD of antimicrobial drugs used in the endemic and emerging Mediterranean infections. Andrea Novelli

Emerging fungal infections
Chairpersons: S. Kanj, M. Alexandrou

  • Mucormycosis. George Petrikkos
  • Fusariosis. Anna Skiada
  • Coffee break

Chairpersons: G. Potamitis, S. Kanj

  • Malaria. Sotirios Tsiodras
  • Hydatidosis in the Mediterranean countries. Allal Dakkak

Special lecture
Chairperson: G. Petrikkos

  • Paediatric infections endemic in the Mediterranean countries. Maria Koliou

Closing remarks
George Petrikkos

Faculty Members
  • Maria Alexandrou, Limassol, Cyprus
  • Yehuda Carmeli, Tel-Aviv, Israel
  • George L. Daikos, Athens, Greece
  • Allal Dakkak, Rabat, Morocco
  • Silvia Declich, Rome, Italy
  • Souha Kanj, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Maria Koliou, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Andrea Novelli, Florence, Italy
  • Theodoros Papadimitriou, Athens, Greece
  • George Petrikkos, Athens, Greece
  • Diamantis Plachouras, Athens, Greece
  • George Potamitis, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Didier Raoult, Marseille, France
  • Atef M. Shibl, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Anna Skiada, Athens, Greece
  • Maria Souli, Athens, Greece
  • Stefania Stefani, Catania, Italy
  • Sotiris Tsiodras, Athens, Greece