22 May 2013
The CDTR reports this week on an ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A virus (HAV) affecting individuals from various northern countries in the EU. Since the beginning of the outbreak on 1 October 2012 until 17 May 2013 a total of 85 cases were reported, of which 34 are confirmed. No cases have travel history outside of the EU during their potential exposure period. The source of the outbreak has not yet been identified but preliminary investigations point to frozen berries as the vehicle of infection. Public health authorities in the affected countries and ECDC are actively collaborating to identify the vehicle of the infection in order to prevent the occurrence of additional cases.
21 May 2013
Most EU/EEA countries monitor rubella, rubella in pregnancy and congenital rubella syndrome through mandatory and comprehensive systems, but changes could be made to help align surveillance data across Europe, states the new ECDC report on rubella surveillance systems in EU/EEA countries.
20 May 2013
The 2013 European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ESCAIDE) will be held in Stockholm, Sweden on 5 - 7 November. The conference, sponsored by ECDC, will be hosted at the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre, in the heart of the city.
16 May 2013
Antimicrobial resistance continues to be found in Salmonella and Campylobacter, the latest joint report from the European Food Safety Authority and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control reveals.
14 May 2013
This week, the CDTR reports on a measles outbreak in Wales. There are 1 039 cases of measles reported in the three different areas, among which 85 cases have been hospitalised. Although more than 33 000 non-routine vaccinations have been given across Wales during the outbreak. It is estimated that 43 000 people remain unvaccinated.m
08 May 2013
Today, ECDC is publishing a second update of its rapid risk assessment on avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China to take account of latest developments. However, the overall assessment of the risk to Europe remains unchanged.
07 May 2013
Last week, public health authorities reported on the on-going outbreak in Wales. Public Health Wales reported 503 measles cases in April, bringing the total number of notified cases in the outbreak affecting Wales since November 2012 to 1011.
07 May 2013
In the last five days, 13 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection have been reported by the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
06 May 2013
WHO “SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands
” is an annual campaign that makes part of major global effort to support healthcare workers to improve hand hygiene practices in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, and thus support the prevention of healthcare-associated infections.
03 May 2013
The case definition and case finding algorithm have been prepared for surveillance purposes only and they will be adjusted as the current avian influenza A(H7N9) situation develops.
02 May 2013
Between 1 November 2012 and 30 April 2013, 15 confirmed cases of hepatitis A virus infections and 89 probable cases, all with subgenotype IB, have been reported in 14 EU/EFTA countries. All cases have a travel history to Egypt.
30 Apr 2013
With influenza activity continuing to decline or having already returned to baseline levels in all reporting countries after more than three months of active transmission, the 2012–13 influenza season appears to be coming to its end in Europe.
30 Apr 2013
ECDC has produced three generic protocols: a protocol for developing cohort studies to assess the effectiveness of the rotavirus vaccination in EU Members States; a protocol proposing prospective case control study designs to estimate rotavirus vaccine effectiveness; and a protocol for developing studies to assess the impact of rotavirus vaccination EU Member States.
29 Apr 2013
This week two new measles outbreaks have been reported in Italy, one in Genoa with 15 cases, of which two are hospitalised, and in Rimini where two 5-year-old children have been hospitalised in a serious condition.
29 Apr 2013
Since 31 March 2013, one hundred and twenty one (121) cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus have been reported from eight provinces and two municipalities in eastern China and one (1) from Taiwan.
26 Apr 2013
ECDC releases a communication toolkit for seasonal influenza, with materials targeting healthcare workers and people at higher risk of developing flu-related complications.
If you are planning to organise communication activities on influenza prevention, the new ECDC communication toolkit provides campaign materials that can be adapted and reused in your country to help tackle seasonal influenza.
25 Apr 2013
During the period March 2012 to February 2013, 8 499 cases of measles were reported by 29 EU/EEA countries and Croatia. For the same period, there were 21 549 rubella cases were reported; 99% of which were from Poland and Romania.