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9th April 2019  Content supplied by: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

WGS: New ECDC Framework Suggests Priority Diseases and Implementation Options

The ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) is supporting Member States in the gradual use of sequence-based typing so they can participate in joint response and surveillance operations with EU/EEA Member States as enhanced used of whole genome sequencing in outbreak investigations and public health surveillance is essential for improved disease prevention and control.

The new report  suggests a list of priority pathogens/diseases and outlines technical implementation options for the medium-term integration of molecular/genomic typing information into EU-level surveillance and multi-country outbreak investigations. This framework builds upon progress made earlier and is intended to consolidate ECDC activities in this area that were initiated in 2012 to support EU/EEA Member States.

To implement the proposed operations, ECDC is developing a set of digital applications that will be used to share, store and analyse sequence-based or WGS typing data. Data providers will be able to submit sequences and related data directly to the application, and data will be jointly analysed with a high level of automation to identify and visualise transmission signals and patterns.

Report includes programmes on:

  • Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare-Associated Infections
  • Food-and Waterborne Diseases and Zoonoses
  • Emerging and Vector-Borne Diseases
  • HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Viral Hepatitis
  • Influenza and other Respiratory Viruses
  • Tuberculosis
  •  Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Download pdf: ECDC strategic framework for the integration of molecular and genomic typing into European surveillance and multi-country outbreak investigations – 2019–2021. Stockholm: ECDC; 2019



Date Published: 9th April 2019

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