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  • The ECDC surveillance scheme (ELDSNet) for travel-associated Legionnaires’ disease (TALD) [1] has observed an increase in the number of cases associated with travel to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) since the beginning of the last quarter of 2016 compared to 2014-2015 (Figure 1). Case numbers reported in February and April 2017 continue to be significantly above that observed in recent years. This epidemiological update is the third since a rapid risk assessment was published by ECDC on 23 December 2016.
  • Following the eighth outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since the discovery of the virus in 1976, ECDC has published a new rapid risk assessment. Investigations in DRC are ongoing to assess the extent of the outbreak in Bas Uele. World Health Organization (WHO) and its Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) partners are supporting the national health authorities in the response. The outbreak is in an extremely remote area, which limits the risk of transmission and spread to neighbouring areas.
  • A measles outbreak in Romania has been ongoing since February 2016. Cases continue to be reported despite ongoing response measures that have been implemented at national level through reinforced vaccination activities. Between 1 January 2016 and 12 May 2017, Romania reported 5 728 cases including 25 deaths. In 2016, a number of additional EU/EEA countries reported measles outbreaks, and an increase in the number of cases continues to be observed in 2017. Some previous and ongoing measles outbreaks in other EU/EEA countries have been epidemiologically linked to the current outbreak in Romania.
  • ​The influenza season 2016–2017 has now come to an end in Europe. In week 17/2017, all EU/EEA countries reported low influenza activity and the positivity rate (proportion of influenza virus positives among all tested specimens) falling below the 10% benchmark to 9.9%. For the previous six weeks, almost all EU/EEA countries had reported low influenza activity. 
  • ​Between 27 April and 4 May 2017, Brazil has reported 14 additional confirmed cases in the states of Espírito Santo (9) and Minas Gerais (5), and has discarded 164 suspected cases.
  • ​​A measles outbreak in Romania has been ongoing since February 2016. Cases continue to be reported despite ongoing response measures that have been implemented at national level through reinforced vaccination activities. Between 1 January 2016 and 5 May 2017, Romania reported 5 290 cases including 25 deaths.
  • ​​ECDC has published a rapid risk assessment to assess the risk of outbreaks and transmission of communicable diseases during the WorldPride festival period taking place in Madrid in June 2017. For respiratory and vector-borne diseases, the risk is considered low, for food and waterborne diseases the risk is low to moderate, for vaccine-preventable diseases, it is moderate and for sexually transmitted infections, the risk is moderate to high.
  • ​On 20 December 2016, ECDC and EFSA published a joint rapid outbreak assessment describing a cluster of six laboratory-confirmed German and Spanish cases of foodborne botulism caused by botulinum neurotoxin type E which occurred during November and December 2016.
  • ​Each year on 5 May, the “SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands” campaign takes place as part of a major global effort led by the World Health Organization (WHO) to improve hand hygiene in healthcare settings. The campaign was launched in 2009 as an extension of the WHO First Global Patient Safety Challenge: “Clean Care is Safer Care”. This year’s campaign highlights the fact that infection prevention and control, including hand hygiene, can make a difference towards managing antibiotic resistance in healthcare settings.
  • ​Today, ECDC’s Healthcare-associated Infections Surveillance Network (HAI-Net) publishes two updated protocols for the surveillance of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs): one for surgical site infections (SSIs) and prevention indicators, and another one for HAIs and prevention indicators in intensive care units (ICUs), both to be used by European hospitals. An update of the protocol for the surveillance of Clostridium difficile infections (CDIs) was published on 21 April. 
  • ​​ECDC point prevalence surveys (PPSs) estimate that each year 3.5 million healthcare-associated infections occur in acute care hospitals, and 4.2 million in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) across Europe.
  • ​A measles outbreak in Romania has been ongoing since February 2016. Cases continue to be reported despite ongoing response measures that have been implemented at national level through reinforced vaccination activities. Between 1 January 2016 and 28 April 2017, Romania reported 5 119 cases. In 2016, a number of additional EU/EEA countries reported measles outbreaks, and an increase in the number of cases continues to be observed in 2017. Some previous and ongoing measles outbreaks in other EU/EEA countries have been epidemiologically linked to the current outbreak in Romania.
  • ​Beetween 20 and 27 April 2017, Brazil has reported 93 additional cases of yellow fever (59 suspected and 34 confirmed). The additional confirmed cases occurred in Espírito Santo (18), Minas Gerais (8), São Paulo (7) and Rio de Janeiro (1).etween 20 and 27 April 2017, Brazil has reported 93 additional cases of yellow fever (59 suspected and 34 confirmed). The additional confirmed cases occurred in Espírito Santo (18), Minas Gerais (8), São Paulo (7) and Rio de Janeiro (1).
  • On 24 March 2017, German authorities reported the contamination of a ‘do-it-yourself’ (DIY) Bacterial Gene Engineering CRISPR (Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) kit with pathogenic bacteria (risk group 2), including some that are multidrug-resistant with production of Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase (ESBL). The kits are produced in the United States and sold over the internet, targeting non-professional users who want to study biology and life science using similar biotechnology engineering tools found in laboratory settings.
  • ​The EU Laboratory Capability (EULabCap link) report published today, on the results of the 2015 survey, concludes that the EU/EEA as a whole has a strong and improving public health microbiology system, with an average EULabCap score of 7.5 on a scale of 10, up from 6.9 in 2013 and 7.3 in 2014.
 

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