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  • ​Almost 30 000 newly diagnosed HIV infections were reported by the 31 European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries in 2015, according to data published today by ECDC and the WHO Regional Office for Europe. This is similar to the observed notification trends in the last decade. One reason for this persistent HIV epidemic: ECDC estimates that currently around 122 000 people living with HIV across the region are unaware of their infection. The estimated time between HIV infection and diagnosis is four years.
  • ​On 23 November WHO Europe published the results from the 5th annual meeting of the European Regional Verification Commission for Measles and Rubella Elimination (RVC). The RVC examined the 2015 annual status updates submitted by the National Verification Committee in each European country and concluded that, of 53 Member States in the WHO European Region, 24 have so far achieved the measles elimination goal (three more than the previous year). The same number of countries were verified as having eliminated rubella (four more than the previous year). Elimination is defined by the interruption of endemic transmission for at least 36 consecutive months. In addition, 13 countries for measles and 11 for rubella were concluded to have interrupted endemic transmission for between 12 and 36 months, meaning they are on their way to achieving the elimination goal.
  • The global rise of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) is alarming and is an increasing threat to patient safety, in Europe and globally. It results in higher healthcare costs, prolonged hospital stays, treatment failures and sometimes death.




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