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.

EITaF COVID-19 News Highlights



EITaF COVID-19 News Highlights



EITaF Chairperson Prof. Eskild Petersen appears on BBC World News; comments on Russian COVID-19 Vaccine



WHO criteria for cessation of isolation of COVID-19 patients



COVID-19 News Highlights



COVID-19: Serology - where are we?



COVID-19 – Paediatric Inflammatory Syndrome and Stroke



COVID-19 - Latest updates



ESCMID Websymposium on COVID-19



SARS-CoV-2 update 3 April 2020



SARS-CoV-2 update and request for assistance



Coronavirus pandemic gaining pace in Europe and the U.S.A.



WHO declare the coronavirus is now a pandemic



SARS-CoV-2 - update 5th March 2020



SARS-CoV-2 – update 28th February 2020



SARS-CoV-2 In northern Italy



SARS-CoV-2 Update 21st February 2020



SARS-CoV-2 spread to Iran



2019-nCoV – update 14th February 2020



2019-nCoV – update 4th February 2020



nCoV Update



Update on the 2019-nCoV



2019-nCOV outbreak update



Case definition and infection prevention and control practices for 2019-novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infections



2019-nCoV, Wuhan outbreak – 136 new cases



New Coronavirus patient in China and sequence data



Pneumonia outbreak in China



New cases of imported Lassa virus infection in Europe



Three cases of autochthonous Zika Virus infection in France



Polio outbreak in the Philippines



Livestock antibiotic resistance in low- and middle-income countries



Update of Ebola Virus Infections in the Democratic Republic of Congo



Support Clinical Care/Case management for Ebola Virus Diseases (EVD) response at WHO HQ Geneva

 Find the WHO call document here.


WHO Sepsis: To support development of Clinical Management guidance and Global Sepsis report

 Find the WHO call document here.


Measles Kills Thousands in Democratic Republic of Congo


Ebola virus disease: first case at Goma, DRC


Consultancies, WHO Emergency Programme


New Nipah case report in Kerala


Regional outbreak of New Delhi metallo-betalactamase-producing carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, Italy, 2018–2019


Transgenic fungus rapidly kills Anopheles malaria mosquitoes


Remdesivir (GS-5734) protects African green monkeys from Nipah virus challenge


WHO adapts Ebola vaccination strategy in the DRC


Sanofi wins U.S. approval to sell dengue vaccine but with major restrictions


An ESCMID Course on Emerging Infections


Measles spread in the US: 2019


New tool for Genomic Sequencing of Bordetella pertussis


Global monitoring of antimicrobial resistance based on metagenomics analyses of urban sewage


Lassa Fever in Travellers


Largest study ever firmly shows no link between MMR vaccine and autism


Global disease outbreaks and El Niño


Zoonotic Bat Flu transmission


Deforestation and malaria


Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: advice for travellers against health risks


Measles still spreading in Europe


Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Democratic Republic of the Congo: an update


A new filovirus discovered from bats in China


Marburg virus in fruit bats in Sierra Leone


December 18: International Migrants Day


Migrants, screening and vaccination. A guidance from ECDC


WHO and partners launch new country-led response to put stalled malaria control efforts back on track


Antibiotic Awareness Day: the burden of infections with antibiotic resistant bacteria


Acute flaccid myelitis cases in the USA


New Monkeypox case in Israel


Autochthonous transmission of Dengue in Spain


Monkeypox in Nigeria and UK update.


Ebola Virus in DRC Update


Monkeypox re-emergence in Nigeria, and two cases in UK from patients with a recent travel history from Nigeria.


New hybrid Schistomiasis established in the Cavu and Solenzara rivers, Corsica, France


More Than 100 Measles Cases Reported in the USA in 2018


Autochthonous Crimean-Congo Haemorragic Fever in Spain.


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




New Cluster of Ebola Virus Disease in DRC

West Nile fever in Europe

Dengue outbreak in la Réunion

OXA-48-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae ST392 in travelers hospitalised in Gran Canaria in 2018

Listeria monocytogenes outbreak in Europe

Papua New Guinea confirms poliovirus outbreak, launches response

One health: global animal health situation

Update on Ebola Virus disease

Carbapenem-resistant hypermucoviscous Klebsiella pneumoniae

Ebola Virus Disease in DRC: rapid risk assessment


EBOLA outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)


Colistin resistance in bacteria from animals and humans


Human infection with a seasonal reassortant A (H1N2) influenza virus – Netherlands


Yellow fever in travellers to Brazil


Lassa fever in Nigeria


Antimicrobial resistance in bacteria from humans and animals


Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria


Extensively Drug-Resistant Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhi outbreak in Pakistan


WHO priority list (R&D Blueprint)


CDC 2018 budget request


Yellow fever in São Paolo State


Salmonella agona infection and infant formula milk: a European outbreak


Poor coverage against current influenza B in the UK (and Europe?)