Research & Projects

ESCMID Panorama

ESCMID Emerging Infections Task Force (EITaF): Outbreak news

Outbreak news from recent years (2018 onwards) is listed below.

For outbreak news from previous years, please select a year from the column on the left hand side.









31 January 2020

nCoV Update












25 September 2018

Ebola Virus in DRC Update


07 August 2018

Call for doctors interested in the control of the new Ebola outbreak in the Congo


The ESCMID Emerging Infections Task Force has been asked by the WHO to circulate this call for volunteers:


GOARN, the WHO Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, is requesting qualified volunteers in specified fields for a minimum of 6 weeks to assist in the outbreak response to the newly confirmed Ebola outbreak. 


If you are interested and available, please contact EITaF  for additional information and please send us an updated CV, and dates of availability and we will forward your information to the WHO.


Be aware that the current outbreak is in an area of serious civil unrest with armed conflict which adds to the risks. The area has limited access to electricity, connectivity and running water. As per the GOARN request, accepted volunteers will receive travel and per diem.


The following areas of expertise may be sought to further strengthen the response over the next 3 months:


- Border health

- Case management

- Coordination

- Epidemiology and surveillance

- Health technical expertise

- Infection, prevention and control

- Laboratory

- Media and communications

- Operational research

- Risk communications

- Social anthropology



Fluency in spoken and written French is a necessity for deployment to affected areas.



Eskild Petersen and Nicola Petrosillo

ESCMID Emerging Infections Task Force





06 February 2018

CDC 2018 budget request