Measles

Measles outbreaks in Europe

Last updated: 12 October 2018

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. ECDC monitors the measles outbreaks in the EU/EEA and publishes regularly a monthly update in the CDTR with the most recent data on measles cases and outbreaks and a monthly measles and rubella monitoring report based on data submitted to TESSy. The latest reports are available in the Publications list below.

Ongoing outbreaks
Greece, Ireland (Dublin), Romania and Slovakia
33 deaths
have been reported in EU countries in 2018
Vaccination coverage
is below 95% in most countries

Latest updates

Publication

Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, October 2018

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Data

Number of measles cases by month and notification rate per million population by country, EU/EEA, 1 September 2017–31 August 2018

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Number of measles deaths by country, EU/EEA, 1 September 2017–31 August 2018 (n=38)

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Data

Number of measles cases by country, EU/EEA, August 2018 (n=439)

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Publication

Communicable disease threats report, 7-13 October, week 41

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Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, October 2018

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Communicable disease threats report, 9-15 September 2018, week 37

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Publication

Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, September 2018

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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

Number of measles cases by month and notification rate per million population by country, EU/EEA, 1 September 2017–31 August 2018

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Data

Number of measles deaths by country, EU/EEA, 1 September 2017–31 August 2018 (n=38)

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Number of measles cases by country, EU/EEA, August 2018 (n=439)

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Measles notification rate per million population by country, EU/EEA, 1 September 2017–31 August 2018

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Peer-reviewed publications

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Measles among migrants in the European Union and the European Economic Area

2016

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Outbreak of Salmonella Strathcona caused by datterino tomatoes, Denmark, 2011

2016

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Impact of measles national vaccination coverage on burden of measles across 29 Member States of the European Union and European Economic Area, 2006-2011

2014

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The disease burden of hepatitis B, influenza, measles and salmonellosis in Germany: first results of the Burden of Communicable Diseases in Europe Study.

2014