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We would like introduce the EUNID (EUropean Network of Infectious Diseases) network, a European Union project under the DG SANCO- Public Health Programme. It currently consists of 16 member state partners (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom), with the hope in the future of including all the member states, candidate countries, and EEA/EFTA countries.
The main aims of EUNID are to enhance and maintain co-operation, communication, and exchange of information on highly infectious diseases among infectious disease clinicians, and to enhance preparedness and response within Europe to health threats from highly infectious diseases, whether naturally occurring, newly emergent, or deliberately released.
The focus of this network is on health care professionals. Clinicians have the huge responsibility of performing a diagnosis of suspect, providing information to identify an outbreak and providing care during one. They also must apply the required isolation procedure to reduce the risk of transmission to relatives and contacts and control the spread of the disease to other patients, to health care workers and ultimately to the general public.
The EUNID network will be a forum to exchange good practices and share expertise and experiences. The objectives are to compile an inventory of high isolation facilities and to develop consensus recommendations for highly infectious disease management. Indeed, preparedness for such events, in terms of surveillance and the response by health care professionals, is relevant and of pivotal importance.
This website will provide information and recommendation to public health professionals and information to the general public.
EUNID hopes to collaborate with other networks with convergent interests, since dealing with emerging or deliberately released highly infectious diseases requires planning, organization and cooperation on multiple levels.
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