This issue of EUROREFERENCE is devoted to microbiology surveillance networks in Europe. This account is obviously not intended to be exhaustive, but to demonstrate the usefulness of these networks via a few examples.
You will find descriptions (in greater or lesser detail) of the work of several such networks, in Belgium (AMCRA: Center of expertise on Antimicrobial Consumption and Resistance in Animals in Belgium), Italy (Integrated veterinary networks for the surveillance of zoonotic agents in Italy) and France (Purpose and overview of results of the Vigimyc Network for the epidemiological surveillance of mycoplasmoses in ruminants in France; ACTEOLab- Salmonella: a tool for monitoring salmonellae of nonhuman origin), together with other European networks such as the database on Listeria monocytogenes set up by the EURL or the database on the genotypes of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, serving a network that covers five continents. We have also included an article about a network involving a private company and a public university working together on the large-scale genotyping of Clustered Regularly Interspersed Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPRs).
Lastly, the Point of View looks to the future, emphasising the importance of the IMMEM-10 Meeting in the ongoing development of concepts and techniques for the molecular characterisation of bacteria and viruses for surveillance purposes. The journal naturally keeps an eye on some highly technical problems (see the video on Trichinella) and regulatory issues (Methodological guide to the implementation of a process for airborne surface disinfection applied to containment areas). We hope you enjoy this new issue!
The editorial team