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Unit 35: Gastrointestinal Infections, Zoonoses and Tropical Infections

Head:
Klaus Stark
Deputy:
Hendrik Wilking

The unit focuses on surveillance of infectious diseases, outbreak investigations and epidemiological studies. The epidemiological situation in Germany is continuously assessed in the context of the international situation in order to identify potential public health threats early and to enable a timely response. The unit informs and advises medical professionals, the general public, and agencies on gastrointestinal infections, zoonoses and tropical infections.

Tasks

  • Analysis, evaluation and publication of the surveillance data collected according to the "Protection against Infection Act" (IfSG).
  • Early detection of outbreaks and initiation of counter-measures in the field of public infectious disease control.
  • Assessment of information on the international emergence and incidence of infectious disease agents in the context of the epidemiological situation in Germany.
  • Investigations into the sources and routes of infection in infectious disease outbreaks, particularly of foodborne pathogens like EHEC, Salmonella, Listeria, Norovirus, Hepatitis A virus.
  • Epidemiological studies on disease burden, patterns of spread of infections, and risk factors as well as impact of intervention and control measures.
  • Studies on the incidence of imported infectious diseases (e.g., malaria, zika, dengue fever) as well as new and novel pathogens transmitted from animals to humans (zoonoses).
  • Development of concepts and recommendations for the control and prevention of zoonoses and food-borne infections.
  • Development of methods and algorithms for the detection of outbreaks and, in cooperation, evaluation and prioritization of suitable statistical methods for the evaluation and interpretation of epidemiological data.
  • Participation in national and international surveillance and research networks, for example:

    • COMPARE (Horizon 2020) Collaborative management platform for detection and analyses of (re-) emerging and foodborne outbreaks in Europe
    • Zoonoses consortium projects of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, (BMBF)
    • Food- and Water-borne Diseases Network (FWD) at ECDC
    • Emerging and vector-borne diseases Network (EVD) at ECDC
    • WHO Programme for the control of foodborne infections and intoxications in Europe (WHO Food Safety)

Date: 09.06.2017

Publications

  • Vygen-Bonnet S, Rosner B, Wilking H, Fruth A, Prager R, Kossow A, Lang C, Simon S, Seidel J, Faber M, Schielke A, Michaelis K, Holzer A, Kamphausen R, Kalhöfer D, Thole S, Mellmann A, Flieger A, Stark K (2017): Ongoing haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) outbreak caused by sorbitol-fermenting (SF) Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O157, Germany, December 2016 to May 2017.
    Euro Surveill. 22 (21): pii=30541. doi: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2017.22.21.30541. more

  • Schielke A, Rabsch W, Prager R, Simon S, Fruth A, Helling R, Schnabel M, Siffczyk C, Wieczorek S, Schroeder S, Ahrens B, Oppermann H, Pfeiffer S, Merbecks SS, Rosner B, Frank C, Weiser AA, Luber P, Gilsdorf A, Stark K, Werber D (2017): Two consecutive large outbreaks of Salmonella Muenchen linked to pig farming in Germany, 2013 to 2014: Is something missing in our regulatory framework?.
    Euro Surveill. 22 (18): pii=30528. Epub May 4. doi: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2017.22.18.30528. more

  • Vinnemeier CD, Rothe C, Kreuels B, Addo MM, Vygen-Bonnet S et al. (2017): Response to fever and utilization of standby emergency treatment (SBET) for malaria in travellers to Southeast Asia: a questionnaire-based cohort study.
    Malar. J. 16 (1): 44. doi: 10.1186/s12936-017-1678-2. more

  • Hellenbrand W, Riffelmann M, Holzer A, Wirsing von König CH, Riffelmann M, Holzer A, Wirsing von König CH (2017): Wie kann die Keuchhustendiagnostik in Deutschland verbessert werden? Ergebnisse eines Labor-Surveys.
    Mikrobiologe 27 (1): 19-2.

  • Niendorf S, Jacobsen S, Faber M, Eis-Hübinger AM, Hofmann J, Zimmermann O, Höhne M, Bock CT (2017): Steep rise in norovirus cases and emergence of a new recombinant strain GII.P16–GII.2, Germany, winter 2016.
    Euro Surveill. 22 (4): pii=30447. doi: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2017.22.4.30447. more

  • Werber D, Michaelis K, Hausner M, Sissolak D, Wenzel J, Bitzegeio J, Belting A, Sagebiel D, Faber M (2017): Ongoing outbreaks of hepatitis A among men who have sex with men (MSM), Berlin, November 2016 to January 2017 – linked to other German cities and European countries.
    Euro Surveill. 22 (2): pii=30457. doi: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2017.22.5.30457. more

  • Shihada S, Emmerich P, Thomé-Bolduan C, Jansen S, Günther S, Frank C et al. (2017): Genetic diversity and new lineages of Dengue virus serotypes 3 and 4 in returning travelers, Germany, 2006–2015.
    Emerg. Infect. Dis. 23 (2): 272–275. doi: 10.3201/eid2302.160751. more

  • Michaelis K, Wenzel J, Stark K, Faber M (2017): Hepatitis A virus infections and outbreaks in asylum seekers arriving to Germany, September 2015 to March 2016.
    Emerg. Microbes Infect. 6: e26. doi: 10.1038/emi.2017.11. more