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EURLs NGS conference postponed
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Message from our Italian colleague of the EURL E. coli ------------------------ Dear Colleague, I’m sure you all know about the situation in Italy with respect to the number of cases of COVID-19 infections, and the recent news of the spreading of cases to other European countries also adds to the  general uncertainty. Actually, at the moment, Rome is not concerned by the public health emergency, but the situation is fluid and we cannot predict what will happen by March the 10th. Additionally, following the feedback from many registered participants who are afraid to travel to Italy for the coronavirus and others who are afraid to travel anywhere due to the problems they may incur while traveling (queues, flight cancelled etc…), we took the decision of postponing the event in another date, most probably after the summer break, when the backlashes of the actual crisis will presumably be over. Such a decision has been made also following the guidance of the health Authorities. I’m really sorry for this, but we feel that the best choice is not to expose people, if not to the possibility to get infected with the COVID-19, but to be subjected to heavy difficulties while traveling to Rome. As said, the conference will be moved after the summer break. The exact date will be notified to you all soon. The registration already done for the event on March the 10th will not be maintained and you should re-register online. A link for the new registration to the conference will be published as the date will be disclosed. I’m really sorry for this and hope you will be still eager to participate to the postponed conference With my best regards Stefano Morabito Director, European Reference Laboratory for E. coli Director, Microbiological food safety and food-borne diseases Unit Food safety, nutrition and Veterinary Public Health Department Istituto Superiore di Sanità Viale Regina Elena 299 00161 Rome, Italy Tel. 00390649903081 Mobile 00393294626848 Fax 0390649387101  
Next workshops on EVA and arthropod-borne encephalitis viruses (WNV, JEV, EEEV, WEEV and VEEV)
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    Due to the current situation, the International Committe has decided to postpone the International equine infectious diseases conference (EIDC) to 2021. Nevertheless, the next 2020 workshops on EVA and arthropod-borne encephalitis viruses (WNV, JEV, EEEV, WEEV and VEEV) of the EURL for equine diseases is maintained and will take place in Anses Maisons-Alfort. The new dates will be coming soon as soon as the situation has returned to normal.   Please save the date ! The next workshops on EVA and arthropod-borne encephalitis viruses (WNV, JEV, EEEV, WEEV and VEEV) of the EURL for equine diseases will be joined to the International equine infectious diseases conference (EIDC) which will take place at Deauville in September 28th – October 2nd 2020 . Please see this event on the website on: These EVA and WNV workshops will be held on 1rst and 2nd of October 2020 in the Centre International of Deauville of EIDC.
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♦ 01 January 2020 ♦ The EURL for rabies team wishes you all a very happy and prosperous new year.
EPIZONE Annual Meeting 2020
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First announcement 14th Annual Meeting of EPIZONE from 28-30 september 2020 in Barcolona.  
Brucellosis International Research Conference in Italy postponed in 2021
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Save the date : Italy, 27 September -3 October 2021 2020, back to Chicago ? The planned dates for CRWAD this year are the first weekend of December, so the meeting 2020 may be organised in Chicago, 5-6 December.  We will keep you informed !
Inter-laboratory comparative tests scheduled by the EURL in 2020
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Identification of Aethina tumida, the Small Hive Beetle, by morphological examination and PCR Aims: To evaluate the conformity of the results obtained by the European Union (EU) National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) for the identification of Aethina tumida by morphological examination and PCR. Requirements for participation: NRLs from EU Member States and NRLs from third countries (depending on the feasibility). Inter-laboratory comparative test (ILCT) methods: Morphological examination only. Or morphological examination and PCR. Matrix: Entomological specimens stored at room temperature in ethanol 70%. Provisional Agenda: Registration: February 2020 ILCT period: April 2020   Note: Proficiency tests organised by the EURL are mainly intended for the NRLs and the Official Laboratories of the EU. If other laboratories are interested in participating, please contact the EURL ( for more information.    Another ILPT will be organised on virology later at the end of the year
EURORESIDUE IX – Current Issues and Emerging Trends in Residue Control
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Announcement of the next symposium EURORESIDUE IX – Current Issues and Emerging Trends in Residue Control – 18-20 May 2020 Published on  : 16/12/2019 For more details at :  
The European Union One Health 2018 Zoonoses Report is online !
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[relayed from EFSA & ECDC]  In 2018, 358 confirmed brucellosis cases in humans were reported in the EU. The EU notification rate was 0.08 cases per 100,000 population, which was the lowest notification rate reported since the beginning of the EU‐level surveillance. Compared with 2017, the total number of Brucella‐positive or ‐infected cattle herds, sheep flocks and goat herds in the not officially free regions further decreased by 13% and by 12%, respectively. During recent years, the proportion of brucellosis‐positive cattle herds, sheep flocks and goat herds in not officially free regions in Italy and Portugal decreased. In Spain and Croatia, eradication of brucellosis in cattle, sheep and goats is within reach with almost no positive herds reported for these last years. Brucellosis in cattle and in sheep and goats is still endemic in southern regions in Italy with the highest prevalence in Sicily and in Greece and Portugal. Greece reported the highest notification rate of confirmed cases in humans, 10 times higher than the EU average, while at the same time reporting an enzootic situation in animals: 1% infected cattle herds and 3% infected sheep and goats herds on the Greek islands whereas from Continental Greece data were lacking. Brucellosis is still an animal health problem with public health relevance in southern Europe/in countries that are not officially free of brucellosis.
AOAC Europe – International symposium of ASFILAB
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ASFILAB will arrange an international symposium in Paris on 16-17 March 2020 on Chemical and Microbiological Food Analyses  namely :  “ Analytical Measurements in the Society “ For more details at :