European communicable diseases reports

Under the terms of Commission Decision 2000/96/EC of 22 December 1999 the EU agreed to set up a network at Community level to monitor the incidence of a number of specific communicable diseases, as well as nosocomial infections and antimicrobial resistance. The criteria for selecting the diseases to be covered by epidemiological surveillance within an EU network included:

1. diseases that cause, or have the potential to cause, significant morbidity and/or mortality across the Community
2. diseases where the exchange of information may provide early warning of threats to public health
3. rare and serious diseases which would not be recognised at national level and where the pooling of data would allow generation of hypotheses from a wider knowledge base
4. diseases for which effective preventive measures are available, with a gain in terms of health protection.

Eurosurveillance
This is a multiformat journal that publishes information on communicable diseases from a Europe-wide perspective, and is evolving in response to the challenges of collaborating across many more borders. It is produced in four complementary formats: e-alerts, weekly releases, monthly releases and quarterly compilations. The project is funded by DG-SANCO of the European Commission.

HIV/AIDS Surveillance in Europe
Since 1st January 2008, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe) have been jointly carrying out the enhanced HIV/AIDS surveillance in Europe. Both strive to ensure a high quality of HIV/AIDS surveillance standardised data from all countries in the WHO European Region, including the 27 countries of the European Union and the four countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).
Surveillance in Europe is a half-yearly report prepared by the EuroHIV (European Centre for the Epidemiological Monitoring of AIDS) supported by the Community Public Health Programme. EuroHIV has been co-ordinating the surveillance of HIV/AIDS in the WHO European Region since 1984. Its mission is to understand, improve and share European HIV/AIDS surveillance data in order to better inform disease prevention, control and care. Its objectives include making international comparisons, assessing trends, characterising affected populations and predicting disease burden, and evaluating surveillance methods. It produces systematic reports on the HIV/AIDS trends in the European Union and in the WHO European Region. The project is funded by DG-SANCO of the European Commission.

Surveillance of tuberculosis in Europe
Since 1st January 2008, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe) jointly coordinate the tuberculosis (TB) surveillance activities in Europe. The data collected provides an opportunity for a comprehensive analysis of the TB situation. They aimed at analysing the EU and EEA/EFTA data to identify general TB trends.
Euro TB has co-ordinated the surveillance of tuberculosis (TB) in the 52 countries of the WHO European Region since 1996. Its overall aim is to improve the contribution of epidemiological surveillance to TB control in Europe. Project correspondents are based in the national institutions responsible for TB surveillance and annually provide EuroTB with standardised data from national TB surveillance systems on a voluntary basis. The project is funded by DG-SANCO of the European Commission.

Annual epidemiological Reports on Communicable Diseases in Europe - ECDC (European Center for Disease Prevention and Control)
Executive Summary of the The First European Communicable Disease Epidemiological Report 2006pdf
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is the new EU agency that has been created to help strengthen Europe's defences against infectious diseases, such as influenza, SARS and HIV/AIDS. The ECDC is due to produce, in cooperation with the Member States, procedures for systematically searching, collecting, collating and analysing information and data with a view to the identification of emerging health threats which may have mental as well as physical health consequences and which could affect the Community. The Centre shall forward to the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission an annual evaluation of the current and emerging threats to health in the Community.