Infections in Returning Travellers: There Is No Border for Transmission of Infections, ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course

16 - 18 November 2012, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Specialty Society of Turkey (EKMUD)
  • ESCMID Food and Water-borne Infections Study Group (EFWISG)
  • ESCMID Study Group for Clinical Parasitology (ESGCP)
  • ESCMID Study Group for Infections in Compromised Hosts (ESGICH)
Course Coordinators
  • Kerr Kevin, UK
  • Hakan Leblebicioglu, TR
  • Eskild Petersen, DK
  • Haluk Vahaboglu, TR
  • Claudio Viscoli, IT
Course Objectives
  • Increase awareness of the importance of travel associated infections
  • Increase knowledge about infections in travelers
  • Review the epidemiology, prevention and outcome of these infections
Course Venue

Point Hotel, Barbaros
located in the centre of Istanbul.
Point Hotel

Target Audience

50 – 75 infectious diseases and clinical microbiology specialists, trainees and PhD students.

CME Accreditation

The organiser of the course will apply for European CME accreditation through EACCME.

Administrative Secretariat

Hakkı Pehlivan
Humanitas Tourism
Cumhuriyet Caddesi No: 105 / 7
34373 Elmadag
Istanbul, Turkey

Phone +90 212 247 2949
Mobile +90 533 742 8772
Fax +90 212 247 4257

Humanitas Tourism

Scientific Secretariat

Prof Hakan Leblebicioglu
Department of Infectious Diseases & Clinical Microbiology
Ondokuz Mayis University Medical School
Samsun, Turkey

Phone + 90 362 3121919 ext. 2480

Course Programme


Presentations are availabe in the ESCMID Online Lecture Library.


Friday, 16 November 2012
13.15Opening ceremony
13.30Travel and consultation
Chairs: Eskild Petersen, DK; Haluk Vahaboglu, TR
Keeping tabs on travel-associated disease – surveillance highlights from the EuroTravNet and GeoSentinel networks. Patricia Schlagenhauf, CH
Have a safe trip: practical advice for the traveler on staying infection-free. Ilker Inanc Balkan, TR
Pre-travel assessment: special populations (children, pregnancy, elderly). Sibel Gundes, TR
15.00Coffee break
15.15Challenges and controversies in vaccination
Chairs: Gaye Usluer, TR; Patricia Schlagenhauf, CH
Routine vaccines. Oguz Resat Sipahi, TR
Travel vaccines. Helena Palmgren, SE
Animal bites and post-exposure vaccination. Vedat Turhan, TR
16.45Coffee break
17.00Food- and water-borne infections
Chairs: Dilek Arman, TR; Franz Allerberger, AT
Epidemiology of food- and water-borne infections – who gets what; where do they get it; how do they get it? Franz Allerberger, AT
Etiology of travel-associated food- and water-borne infections: older adversaries/ newer enemies. Kevin Kerr, UK
Laboratory diagnosis: from petri dish to PCR. Anja Siitonen, FIN
18.30End of day
Saturday, 17 November 2012
09.00Fever in returning traveler: diagnostic algorithm
Chair: Nick Beeching, UK
Lecture. Eskild Petersen, DK
Coffee break
Travel and immunocompromised host
Chairs: Claudio Viscoli, IT; Murat Akova, TR

Patient with solid organ transplantation. Oriol Manuel, CH
Cancer chemotherapy. Murat Akova, TR
What to do in travellers receiving biological response modifier. Claudio Viscoli, IT

Transplant tourism. Paolo Grossi, IT
Travel of microbial resistance in a global perspective
Chairs: Canan Agalar, TR; Oriol Manuel, CH
Multidrug resistance Gram negatives. Haluk Vahaboglu, TR
Salmonella and Shigella. Aysegul Karahasan Yagci, TR

Community-acquired MRSA. Dilek Arma, TR
Coffee break
Specific infections
Chairs: Salih Hosoglu, TR; Peter Chiodini, UK
Malaria. Peter Chiodini, UK
Tuberculosis. Asuman Sengoz Inan, TR
Tyhoid fever. Salih Hosoglu, TR
Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever. Hakan Leblebicioglu, TR
16.45Case Studies
Chair: Hakan Erdem, TR
Nick Beeching, UK
18.00End of day
Sunday, 18 November 2012
08.30Immigration and infection
Chairs: Kevin Kerr, UK; Hakan Leblebicioglu, TR

Cross-border infection: extend of the problem. Rogelio Lopez-Velez, SP

Setting up infection-free refugee camp. Hakan Erdem, TR
Case studies and slide review: what is your diagnosis?
Chair: Anja Siitonen, FIN

Kevin Kerr, UK
Coffee break
Sexually transmitted diseases
Chairs: Helena Palmgren, SE; Resat Ozaras, TR

HIV/AIDS. Arzu Yetkin, TR

Hepatitis B. Resat Ozaras, TR

Other STD’s. Mesut Yilmaz, TR
Closing ceremony
Faculty Members
  • Canan Agalar, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Murat Akova, Ankara, Turkey
  • Franz Allerberger, Innsbruck, Austria
  • Dilek Arman, Ankara, Turkey
  • Ilker Inanc Balkan, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Nick Beeching, Liverpol, United Kingdom
  • Peter Chiodini, London, United Kingdom
  • Hakan Erdem, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Paolo Grossi, Varesa, Italy
  • Sibel Gundes, Kocaeli, Turkey
  • Salih Hosoglu, Diyarbakir, Turkey
  • Aysegul Karahasan Yagci, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Kevin G. Kerr, Harrogate, United Kingdom
  • Hakan Leblebicioglu, Samsun, Turkey
  • Rogelio Lopez-Velez, Madrid, Spain
  • Oriol Manuel, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Resat Ozaras, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Helena Palmgren, Umea, Sweden
  • Eskild Petersen, Aarhus, Denmark
  • Patricia Schlagenhauf, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Asuman Sengoz Inan, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Anja Siitonen, Helsinki, Finland
  • Oguz Resat Sipahi, Izmir, Turkey
  • Vedat Turhan, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Gaye Usluer, Eskisehir, Turkey
  • Haluk Vahaboglu, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Claudio Viscoli, Genova, Italy
  • Arzu Yetkin, Ankara, Turkey
  • Mesut Yilmaz, Istanbul, Turkey