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

Publication

Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, March 2019

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Data

Number of measles deaths by country, EU/EEA, 1 February 2018 to 31 January 2019 (n=33)

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Communicable disease threats report, 10-16 February 2019, Week 7

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Number of measles cases by country, EU/EEA, December 2018 (n=457)

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Communicable disease threats report, 6-12 January 2019, week 2

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Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, January 2019

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Communicable disease threats report, 9-15 December 2018, week 50

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Publication

Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, December 2018

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News

Measles vaccination gaps in teenagers and young adults highlighted in ECDC’s report

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Measles cases increase significantly in the last month in a number of EU/EEA countries

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ECDC Rapid Risk Assessment highlights young adults and healthcare workers as groups that are susceptible to measles, 21 March 2018

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Measles outbreaks still ongoing in 2018 and fatalities reported from four countries

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May 2013

Event

Individual decision-making and childhood vaccination

24 May 2013
Stockholm, Sweden
Sep 2012

Event

Inform, protect, immunise: engaging underserved populationsArchived

4 Sep 2012 - 6 Sep 2012
Dublin, Ireland
Apr 2012

Event

'Free Thinkers for Measles Elimination' meetingArchived

24 Apr 2012 - 25 Apr 2012
ECDC, Stockholm

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European Immunisation Week, 2012Archived

21 Apr 2012 - 27 Apr 2012

Data

Number of measles cases by country, EU/EEA, December 2018 (n=457)

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Data

Measles notification rate per million population by country, EU/EEA, 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018

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Vaccination coverage for the second dose of measles-containing vaccine, EU/EEA, 2017

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Number of measles cases by month and notification rate per million population by country, EU/EEA, 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018

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Peer-reviewed publications

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Vaccines, trust and European public health

2018

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Lebanon’s experience in surveillance of communicable diseases during a mass gathering: Sixth Francophone Games, 2009

2017

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