Measles

Measles outbreaks in Europe

Measles cases in Europe primarily occur in unvaccinated populations in both adults and children. Large outbreaks with fatalities are ongoing in countries that had previously eliminated or interrupted endemic transmission. In January 2019, Romania, Italy, Poland and France had the highest case counts with 261, 165, 133 and 124 cases, respectively and notable increases were reported in Italy, Poland, France and Austria. See the latest number of measles country by country in EU/EEA

Highest numbers
Romania, Italy, Poland, France
35 deaths
have been reported in EU countries in 2018
Vaccination coverage
is below 95% in most countries

Latest updates

Data

Measles notification rate per million population by country, EU/EEA, 1 March 2018–28 February 2019

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Data

Infographic: Measles in Europe, February 2019

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Publication

Communicable disease threats report, 7-13 April 2019, Week 15

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Data

Number of measles cases by month and notification rate per million population by country, EU/EEA, 1 March 2018–28 February 2019

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Communicable disease threats report, 7-13 April 2019, Week 15

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Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, April 2019

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Communicable disease threats report, 3-9 March 2019, week 10

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Publication

Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, March 2019

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News

Overall decrease of measles cases in the EU/EEA – but caseload remains high in some countries

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Measles continues to circulate in the EU/EEA, with new outbreaks reported

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ECDC: Check your vaccination status before the holiday season

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Measles cases increase in the EU/EEA in April – significant outbreaks ongoing

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Event

European Immunisation Week April, 2017

24 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017

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European Immunisation Week: ECDC highlights resources available on measles and rubella

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Event

European Immunisation Week, 2016

24 Apr 2016 - 30 Apr 2016

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EIW 2015 at ECDC

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Data

Measles notification rate per million population by country, EU/EEA, 1 March 2018–28 February 2019

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Infographic: Measles in Europe, February 2019

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Number of measles cases by month and notification rate per million population by country, EU/EEA, 1 March 2018–28 February 2019

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Number of measles deaths by country, EU/EEA, 1 March 2018–28 February 2019 (n=29)

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Peer-reviewed publications

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Vaccination of 50+ adults to promote healthy ageing in Europe: The way forward

Sep 2018

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Key dimensions for the prevention and control of communicable diseases in institutional settings: A scoping review to guide the development of a tool to strengthen preparedness at migrant holding centres in the EU/EEA

May 2018

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Management and control of communicable diseases in schools and other child care settings: Systematic review on the incubation period and period of infectiousness

May 2018

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Challenges and opportunities in disease forecasting in outbreak settings: A case study of measles in Lola Prefecture, Guinea

Mar 2018

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Vaccines, trust and European public health

Jan 2018