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The European Working Group for Legionella Infections (EWGLI) was formed in 1986. Its membership comprised scientists with an interest in improving knowledge and information on the epidemiological and microbiological (clinical and environmental) aspects of legionnaires' disease. This was achieved through international surveillance of the disease, as well as developments in diagnosis, management and treatment methods.


The surveillance scheme EWGLINET, formally hosted on this website, has been renamed as the European Legionnaires' Disease Surveillance Network (ELDSNet) and can now be accessed from this link: ELDSNetEmail enquiries about the new ELDSNet scheme should be sent to eldsnet@ecdc.europa.eu

ELDSNet is coordinated and managed by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), in Stockholm, Sweden. All case reporting and access to information related to the surveillance scheme has migrated to their website.

Building on the historical legacy of EWGLI a new working group of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious disease (ESCMID) is being formed. http://www.escmid.org/research_projects/study_groups/esgli

The European Study Group for Legionella Infections (ESGLI) will have its constitutional meeting at ECCMID 2012 in London, UK. The kick-off meeting to discuss future activities is scheduled for September 2012.

Copies of the ESGLI/EWGLI Technical Guidelines for Investigation, Control and Prevention of Travel Associated Legionnaire’s Disease can be obtained via the ESGLI web-site

For the moment this EWGLI website (www.ewgli.org) will be maintained by the Health Protection Agency Centre for Infections in London and links to the EWGLI SBT typing database, and the EQA schemes will be retained.

The 1st ESGLI annual meeting will be held on 4-7th September 2012 in Dresden, Germany.
Quick links for EWGLI collaborators: (these will open in a new browser window/ tab)  
Typing and Identification Schemes
MIP ID tool
Click here to go to the EQA Urinary Antigen Scheme website
Click here to visit the PCR EQA scheme
Click here to go to the Sequencing Proficiency Panels website