Published: 05.08.08 Updated: 05.08.2008 10:55:36

Dear Reader,

The EpiNorth Journal had been issued since 2000. We hope it has brought you important information in the field of communicable diseases. With your support and contribution we have been able to share information across the EpiNorth area, European Union and elsewhere, as EpiNorth Journal is distributed in USA, Cuba, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Israel, Cambodia, India, Bosnia, Turkmenistan, Canada, Armenia, Georgia and Serbia.

We appreciate your manuscripts sent to us for publication and are glad for any possibility to share information with you. Starting with this issue, EpiNorth Journal will closely collaborate with the journal Eurosurveillance, published in English by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Stockholm. Eurosurveillance targets all those interested in communicable disease epidemiology, prevention and control in Europe and worldwide. In order to overcome the language barrier the EpiNorth Journal ( and Eurosurveillance ( will select some of the most relevant and important manuscripts for publishing in both journals. This means, that these manuscripts will be available to both English and Russian audiences. We hope that you will appreciate this idea.

In this issue, we offer you the article by M. Rantala and coworkers “Surveillance and epidemiology of hepatitis B and C in Europe – a review”, that was published in Eurosurveillance on 22 May 2008. This article describes the epidemiology of hepatitis B and C and highlights the need for harmonisation and strengthening of viral hepatitis surveillance in Europe. We also would like to draw your attention to R. Virbaliene and coworkers “Tungiasis - the first case of imported arthropodic infection diagnosed in Lithuania” and E. Mikhailova and coworkers “The National Priority Project in Public Health in the Russian Federation and additional immunization in Leningrad oblast, 2006-2007”, wich are original articles submitted to EpiNorth Journal.

We would appreciate any comments, opinions and suggestions that can make EpiNorth Journal a more valuable and effective tool of communication. Please e-mail us at

Yours sincerely,

Kuulo Kutsar     Inga Velicko
Editor-in-Chief     Managing Editor