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Imported Infectious Diseases

Head: Dr. M. Schunk

Cooperation Partners: Hospital Clínic/ Institut d'Investigació Biomèdica August Pi i Sunyer, Barcelona; Department of Medicine, Unit of Infectious Diseases , Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Schweden; Centre of Medical Parasitology, Universität Kopenhagen, Dänemark; Mediz

Funding by: Robert Koch Institut, FöFoLe-Programm der LMU, Friedrich Baur Stiftung, Industrie

Description: The working group is part of the following international networks:


This is a worldwide network of  communication and data management for the surveillance of travel-associated morbidity, founded in 1995 by the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, USA) as a global collaboration of leading centres of travel and migrant medicine.  Currently ein Zusammenschluss weltweit führender reisemedizinischer Zentren gegründet wurde.Currently the network consists of 39 centres in all continents.


The European Network on Imported Infectious Disease Surveillance (TropNetEurop) was founded in 1999 by the department as an initiative of TropMedEurop, the federation of European institutes of tropical medicine and international health. Currently, the network consists of 49 centres of tropivcalmedicine and /or infectious diseases caring for more than 70,000 patients per year. Approximately 12 % of all cases of malaria imported into Europe are seen within the network. Besides messages on setinel events of imported diseases regular reports are distributed on the actaul situation of the major infectiuos diseases imported into Europe. There are regular network conferences and workshops, the last on in Basel with the attendance of more than 50 scientists from 19 European countries.


This network for the surveillance of imported infections into Germany has been founded in 2001 by the department in scooperation with the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin. It comprises both private clinics with a focus on travel medicine as well as hospitals and public institution specialized on infectious diseases and tropical medicine. Currently the network has 63 members.