Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

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A European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is on course to be operational in 2005. The European Union (EU) summit in December 2003 decided that the ECDC will be based in Sweden, and the Swedish government has chosen Stockholm for its location.

Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner David Byrne said, "I am very pleased that we have all been able to move forward quickly to provide European citizens with better protection from any future epidemics. The lessons we learned during the outbreaks of SARS in 2003 and bird flu this year have been acted upon. Infectious diseases can pose a deadly threat--and they do not respect national borders."

Although the EU has a system for Europe-wide epidemiological surveillance of infectious diseases, cooperation in investigating and controlling disease is largely ad hoc. For example, the small EU team sent to help the World Health Organization (WHO) investigate avian influenza in Vietnam is part of an EU project to train disease investigation experts. The EU expert group on SARS created during the outbreak in spring 2003 was put together under the European Communicable Disease Network. …

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