Invitation to a special issue on occupational infectious agents

Invitation to a special issue on occupational infectious agents

Our colleague and Modernet member Antoon de Schrijver will be guest editor for a special issue in IJERPH* (The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health). It will be dedicated to “Infectious Disease Epidemiology 2020: The Importance of (Re)Emerging Occupational Infectious Agents

Special issue information

During the last years, media coverage has raised public awareness of (re)emerging biological risks, the current pandemic caused by Covid-19 being a recent example. Most of the (re)emerging biological risks also cause new occupational health risks, therefore occupational infections are not only associated with health workers but appear as a new and increasing cause of occupational disease, while older risks like measles are re-emerging. The epidemiology of occupational infectious diseases has some special features: workers are both ‘at risk’ and ‘sources of risk’, workers may be immune, a case may be a source without being recognized as a case, there can be a need for urgency and preventive measures (usually) have a good scientific basis.  

Worldwide, an estimated 320 000 employees die annually from work-related infectious diseases. Morbidity from work-related infectious disease is probably much higher, but the true extent of incidence is difficult to establish as data are lacking.  

Undisputedly, work-related infectious disease may result in harm to the health of an individual worker and may impose a high disease burden on a population.

In this special issue, we invite all interested researchers to contribute to our understanding of the epidemiology of occupational (re)emerging infections and also to preventive strategies.

Antoon’s invitation to participate

“As a member Modernet as well as of the Scientific Committee on Health Workers of ICOH, I think we can contribute a valuable contribution to this issue.
For further information, please follow the link to the Special Issue website.

The submission deadline is 31 July 2021. You may send your manuscript now or up until the deadline. Submitted papers should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. We also encourage authors to send a short abstract or tentative title to the Editorial Office in advance (jessie.han@mdpi.com).

I’m looking forward to hearing from you.”

* IJERPH is fully open access. Open access (unlimited and free access by readers)
increases publicity and promotes more frequent citations, as indicated by several
studies. Open access is supported by the authors and their institutes. Article
Processing Charges (APC) of 2300 Swiss Francs (CHF) apply to accepted papers.

Best regards,
Dr. Antoon De Schryver, Dr. Koen De Schrijver, Dr. Guido François, Dr. Helena C. Maltezou
Guest Editors

Special issue editors

Professor dr Antoon De Schryver Occupational and Environmental Medicine ; Department of Family Medicine & Population Health  ; University of Antwerpen, Belgium.
Interests : occupational medicine, infectious diseases, epidemiology, occupational infectious agents

Professor dr Koen De Schrijver Occupational and Environmental Medicine ; Department of Family Medicine & Population Health  ; University of Antwerpen, Belgium.

Dr Guido François Occupational and Environmental Medicine ; Department of Family Medicine & Population Health  ; University of Antwerpen, Belgium.

Dr Helena Maltezou Department for Interventions in Healthcare Facilities, Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Athens, Greece

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