ESCMID weekly news 02.06.2020

2 June 2020: ESCMID Weekly News
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2 June 2020

Dear colleagues,

Please find below the latest edition of ESCMID Weekly News.

With kind regards,
ESCMID Executive Office.


Upcoming ESCMID Webinar: COVID-19 – The public health response to the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe

The next ESCMID Webinar on COVID-19 is coming up this Thursday, 4 June, from 18:00 – 20:00 CEST.

Join an expert faculty as we examine the public health responses of Greece, Denmark, Italy and the Netherlands to the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

See the Scientific Programme and the link to the live stream on the ESCMID webinar website.

Follow ESCMID on
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Elections of Study Group Executive Committees

Elections results have been announced for the following Study Groups: EFWISG, ESGBOR, ESGCP, ESGIB, ESGIE, ESGMD and ESGS. Elections have closed for EFISG, EPASG, ESGCIP, ESGITM, ESGPHM, EVASG, ESGARS, and ESGCD; the respective Election Committees are currently reviewing the results of the vote. 

Elections are still open for ESGLI; a run-off ballot has been opened for ESGREV and ESGMYC. Special elections to replace a member of the executive committee have been opened for ESGAI: nominations are accepted until 8 June 2020.

To participate in the election process, log in to with your ESCMID credentials and click on the “Study Group Elections” icon. Only members with a valid ESCMID membership can take part in the election process; to be able to vote, please be sure to renew immediately your ESCMID membership, should it expire in the coming days.

For any question, contact

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ESCMID Webinars on COVID-19 – Catch the replays

Over the last two months, ESCMID has conducted a series of webinars addressing various aspects of the COVID-19, including infection control, diagnosis and international perspectives.

You can watch replays of the webinars on the ESCMID E-Academy.

Follow ESCMID on
Twitter or Facebook to stay up to date with the announcement of future webinars.

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Upcoming GARDP Webinar – June 9, 2020

Don’t miss the next GARDP Live Webinar ‘Test tube to patient: PK/PD of fixed dose beta-lactam/beta-lactamase inhibitor combinations’, taking place next Tuesday, 9 June 2020 at 17:00 CEST.

Vincent H. Tam from the University of Houston College of Pharmacy will present the webinar, which will be moderated by Shampa Das from the Centre of Excellence in Infectious Diseases Research, University of Liverpool.

Register on the GARDP Website.

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ESCMID Parity Commission survey 2019/2020: participate now!

The ESCMID Parity Commission was founded to review and improve the representation of minorities and gender as well as geographic balance in the fields of Clinical Microbiology (CM) and Infectious Diseases (ID). In 2011, ESCMID conducted an online survey on discrimination regarding gender, minorities and geographic areas among CM and ID specialists in their employment and roles within universities, hospitals and organizations in Europe.

Today the ESCMID Parity Commission is launching a new survey about the expectations of ESCMID members in the field of parity and equity, and about the hurdles and difficulties possibly encountered to participate in the activities of the society. We would like to invite any ESCMID members to participate in the survey by answering the online questionnaire (this takes 15 minutes).

The results of the survey will allow us to propose new initiatives to address your unmet needs.

We thank you in advance for your participation!

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CMI highlight: Epidemiological changes in bloodstream infections in Andalucía (Spain) during the last decade

During the last decade, some changes in the epidemiology of invasive infections have been reported; in particular, a raise in the incidence of Blood-Stream Infections (BSI) has been reported. However, specific studies with patient-level data are scarce, while BSI remain a leading cause of morbimortality.

Tracking changes in the rate of BSI caused by different pathogens is important in terms of ensuring an appropriate response by healthcare services and improve their management and prevention.

This study describes and evaluates the epidemiologic changes in bloodstream infections (BSI) during the last decade in Andalucía, Spain in terms of incidence, patients’ demographic and baseline characteristics, type of acquisition, aetiology, source of infection, clinical presentation and 30-day mortality.

Data from two prospective cohorts collected using the same methodology and performed ten years apart in 11 hospitals from Andalusia, Spain were compared. From the results obtained, the authors conclude that relevant epidemiological changes in BSI in the screened area occurred, including rates, frequency of acquisition types, changes in patient’s profiles and in etiological agents.

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