ECDC communicable disease threats report (CDTR) week 11: Schmallenberg virus, measles and influenza in focus
During Week 11 (11-17 March 2012), ECDC monitored three public health threats across the European Union (EU).
During Week 11 (11-17 March 2012), ECDC monitored three public health threats across the European Union (EU). Since November 2011, Schmallenberg virus has been reported in cattle, sheep and goats in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, France, Luxembourg and Italy. On 13 March 2012, OIE reported detection of Schmallenberg virus on a sheep farm in Andalusia, Spain. So far no human cases have been reported from the affected countries. In relation to measles, no new outbreaks were detected in the EU during the monitored period. To date, outbreaks or clusters were reported by 14 of the 29 reporting EU and EEA countries in 2012. The highest numbers were noted in Romania, France, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom. In neighbouring Ukraine an ongoing major outbreak is of concern, with more than 5 200 cases reported so far in 2012. ECDC has recently published a rapid risk assessment on this outbreak [ADD LINK]. Medium or higher influenza intensity has been reported by 20 countries, decreasing trends in ten countries and increasing trends in only three countries: Latvia, the Netherlands and Romania (compared with eleven countries having increasing trends in week 9). Thirteen countries reported stable trends. The CDTR summarises information gathered by ECDC through its epidemic intelligence activities regarding communicable disease threats of concern to the European Union and provides updates on the global situation and changes in the epidemiology of communicable diseases with potential to affect Europe, including diseases that are the focus of eradication efforts.
Measles in the EU/EEA: current outbreaks, latest data and trends – December 2017
8 Dec 2017 - Measles outbreaks continue to occur in a number of EU/EEA countries, and there is a risk of spread and sustained transmission in areas with susceptible populations. Since the beginning of 2016, 48 deaths due to measles were reported in the EU.
Measles in the EU/EEA: current outbreaks, latest data and trends – November 2017
10 Nov 2017 - Measles outbreaks continue to occur in a number of EU/EEA countries, and there is a risk of spread and sustained transmission in areas with susceptible populations. New data published today by ECDC in the Communicable Disease Threat Report (CDTR) show that from January 2016 to November 2017, more than 19 000 measles cases were reported in the EU, including 46 deaths. The CDTR also shows that the highest number of cases in 2017 were reported in Romania (7 759), Italy (4 775) and Germany (898). Greece is currently experiencing a measles outbreak, with 368 cases, and one death, reported since May 2017. The spread of measles across Europe is due to suboptimal vaccination coverage in many EU/EEA countries. ECDC is also publishing today the monthly measles and rubella surveillance monitoring report, that provides more in-depth analysis of the situation.