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Summary of public health threats, CDTR week 35/2015

31 Aug 2015

​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals about active public health threats. This issue covers the period 23 to 29 August 2015 and includes updates on MERS-CoV, measles and chikungunya.



Since 20 August, Saudi Arabia has reported 43 additional MERS cases and 21 deaths in previously reported cases. Jordan has reported two cases with recent travel history to Saudi Arabia.


The source of the virus remains unknown but dromedary camels in the Middle East are the likely reservoir for the virus. Human-to-human transmission is amplified among household contacts and in healthcare settings.
On 28 August, ECDC published an updated rapid risk assessment in light of the Riyadh hospital outbreak.



The CDTR has the monthly update of measles. The outbreak in Berlin, Germany continues and has reached 1 357 cases. France reported 365 measles cases between 1 January and 31 July 2015.
On 24 August, ECDC published its Quarterly measles and rubella monitoring report.


No new autochthonous cases of chikungunya were detected in EU Member States.
According to the latest update from the WHO Pan American Health Organization (WHO PAHO) on 21 August, 40 535 new chikungunya cases (suspected and confirmed) have been reported in the Americas during the past two weeks.


On 24 ECDC published a rapid risk assessment on the first autochthonous chikungunya case in Spain

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