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.

Summary of public health threats, CDTR week 31/201503 Aug 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 26 July to 1 August 2015 and includes updates on a fatal case of anthrax following animal exposure in Bulgaria,... more

Field of Interest: Infectious diseases
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Summary of Public health threats, CDTR week 27/201506 Jul 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 28 June to 4 July 2015 and includes updates on Ebola virus disease and Middle East respiratory syndrome –... more

Field of Interest: Infectious diseases
Type: News Item

Ebola, West Africa: Low intensity transmission continues, failure to achieve zero cases could result in persistent low-i...

ECDC Rapid risk assessment on the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa, published today, provides the latest figures on cases for the week 14-21 June 2015, re-assesses the risk of importation of Ebola virus disease into the EU and discusses options for risk reduction. -- Delivered by... more

Field of Interest: Infectious diseases
Type: News Item

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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
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What is EFIM?

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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What is internal medicine?

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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