Infection is the invasion of a host organism's bodily tissues by disease-causing organisms, their multiplication, and the reaction of host tissues to these organisms and the toxins they produce.[1] Infectious diseases, also known as transmissible diseases orcommunicable diseases, comprise clinically evident illness (i.e., characteristic medical signs and/or symptoms of disease) resulting from the infection, presence and growth of pathogenic biological agents in an individual host organism.

Ebola outbreak in Bas Uele, DRC new rapid risk assessment 19 May 2017

​Following the eighth outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since the discovery of the virus in 1976, ECDC has published a new rapid risk assessment. Investigations in DRC are ongoing to assess the extent of the outbreak in Bas Uele. World Health Organization... more

Field of Interest: Infectious diseases
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Summary of public health threats, CDTR week 3/ 201625 Jan 2016

​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals about active public health threats. This issue covers the period 10–16 January 2016, and includes updates on Zika virus infection, Ebola virus disease and Middle East respiratory... more

Field of Interest: Infectious diseases
Type: News Item

Summary of public health threats, CDTR week 48, 201530 Nov 2015

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals about active public health threats. This issue covers the period 22-28 November 2015, and includes updates on Zika virus infection, Ebola virus disease and Influenza A(H5N1). --... more

Field of Interest: Infectious diseases
Type: News Item

Summary of public health threats, CDTR week 46/201516 Nov 2015

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals about active public health threats. This issue covers the period 8 to 14 November 2015 and includes updates on seasonal influenza, West Nile fever, MERS and Ebola virus disease. --... more

Field of Interest: Infectious diseases
Type: News Item

Summary of public health treats, CDTR week 45, 2015 11 Nov 2015

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals about active public health threats. This issue covers the period 1-7 November 2015, and includes updates on West Nile fever, Ebola virus disease, the influenza 2015-2016 season, and an... more

Field of Interest: Infectious diseases
Type: News Item

Sierra Leone declared free of Ebola10 Nov 2015

Sierra Leone has been declared Ebola free by the World Health Organization after two Ebola virus incubation cycles (42 days) have passed since the last person confirmed to have the disease had a second negative blood test. -- Delivered by Feed43 service

Field of Interest: Infectious diseases
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Summary of public health threats, CDTR week 44, 201503 Nov 2015

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals about active public health threats. This issue covers the period 18-24 October 2015, and includes updates on MERS, Ebola virus disease and Influenza A(H7N9). -- Delivered by Feed43... more

Field of Interest: Infectious diseases
Type: News Item

Relevant EFIM Publications

Medical and surgical co-management – A strategy of improving the quality and outcomes of perioperative care

Author(s): Carmen Fierbinţeanu-Braticevicia, Matthias Raspe, Alin Liviu Preda, Evija Livčāne
Date:15 November 2018

Hospital ambulatory medicine: A leading strategy for Internal Medicine in Europe

Author(s): Xavier Corbella, Vasco Barreto, Stefano Bassetti, Monica Bivol, Pietro Castellino, Evert-Jan de Kruijf, Francesco Dentali, Mine Durusu-Tanriöv
Date:14 April 2018

What is the role of general internists in the tertiary or academic setting?

Author(s): Mine Durusu Tanriovera, Shirley Rigby, L. Harry van Hulsteijn, Faustino Ferreira, Narcisso Oliveira, Petra-Maria Schumm-Draeger
Date:1 December 2014


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The principal objectives of EFIM is to promote internal medicine on a scientific educational, ethical and professional level and to support internists in providing better care for patients throughout Europe.

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The specialty of internal medicine covers a wide range of conditions affecting the internal organs of the body. Although some diseases specifically affect individual organs, the majority of common diseases. The internist must then be trained to recognise and manage a broad range of diseases and, with the aging population, many patients with chronic and multiple disorders.

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