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Surveillance of tuberculosis in Europe
EC contribution
: € 773.510
: 36 months
Starting date
: 01/01/2005
Funding scheme
: Health project
: Europe, tuberculosis, surveillance, drug resistance, MDR, molecular surveillance
Contract/Grant agreement number
: 2004213
Project web-site


EuroTB was established in 1996 to improve the contribution of epidemiological surveillance to tuberculosis (TB) control in Europe. Until March 2008 when project activities finished, EuroTB coordinated the surveillance of TB in the 53 countries of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) European Region through contact points based in the national TB surveillance institutions which report standardised data annually to EuroTB. This work has now been handed over to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the WHO. The project was funded by the DG-SANCO of the European Commission and the Institut de veille sanitaire, France. Since 1998, a central component of the project was the surveillance for drug resistance (DRS) among TB strains reported in Europe, using both aggregated and case-based information. In 2005, a project was launched aimed to characterise European clusters of multi-drug resistant strains (MDR-TB) using epidemiological and molecular data, and run jointly between EuroTB and the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) of the Netherlands. Data from this network were used in 2006 to assess the frequency of extensively-resistant MDR-TB cases in reporting countries.

EuroTB data contributed to further characterise the foreign-born population as a risk group for TB incidence and for drug resistance in the European Union and other Western European countries. The broad geographic scope of EuroTB's surveillance enabled a better understanding of the epidemiological situation both within and outside the EU, including neighbouring countries of the former Soviet Union where the high incidence of TB and MDR-TB and the epidemics of HIV in certain countries, coupled with the lower available resources committed to TB control, represent a particular concern within the Region as a whole.

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