Measles

Measles outbreaks in Europe

Last updated: 10 January 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
Romania, France, Greece, Italy
35 deaths
have been reported in EU countries in 2018
Vaccination coverage
is below 95% in most countries

Latest updates

Data

Number of measles cases by country, EU/EEA, November 2018 (n=385)

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Data

Measles notification rate per million population by country, EU/EEA, 1 December 2017 to 30 November 2018

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Publication

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

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Number of measles cases by month and notification rate per million population by country, EU/EEA, 1 November 2017 to 31 October 2018

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Publication

Communicable disease threats report, 4-10 November 2018, Week 45

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Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, November 2018

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

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Publication

Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, October 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

Event

European Immunisation Week, 2012Archived

21 Apr 2012 - 27 Apr 2012

Data

Number of measles cases by month and notification rate per million population by country, EU/EEA, 1 November 2017 to 31 October 2018

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Number of measles deaths by country, EU/EEA, 1 November 2017 to 31 October 2018 (n=37) Importation

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Number of measles cases by country, EU/EEA, October 2018 (n=279)

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Measles notification rate per million population by country, EU/EEA, 1 November 2017 to 31 October 2018

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Peer-reviewed publications

Peer-Reviewed Publication

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

2014

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Measles outbreak on a cruise ship in the western Mediterranean, February 2014, preliminary report

2014

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Vaccine-preventable diseases: The role of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

2014

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Measles outbreak in Bulgaria: poor maternal educational attainment as a risk factor for medical complications.

2013