Epidemiological update: Measles - monitoring European outbreaks, 21 April 2017
A measles outbreak in Romania has been ongoing since February 2016 and cases continue to be reported despite ongoing response measures that have been implemented at national level through reinforced vaccination activities. Between 1 January 2016 and 14 April 2017, Romania reported 4 793 cases. In 2016, a number of EU/EEA countries reported measles outbreaks, and an increase in the number of cases continues to be observed in 2017. Some previous and ongoing measles outbreaks in other EU countries have been epidemiologically linked to the current outbreak in Romania.
Measles does not only affect children: trends for 2016 and outbreaks in Europe during 2017
During the first 2 months of 2017 we have seen 1524 cases of measles reported from 14 EU/EEA countries. Measles does not only affect children but also older age groups. In 2014 over half of the cases were in adults over 20 years old, in 2015 and 2016 this age group accounted for approximately one third of all cases. Closing immunisation gaps in adolescents and adults who have not received vaccination in the past as well as strengthening routine childhood immunisation programmes will be vital to prevent future outbreaks and reach the elimination goal.
Measles cases increase in the EU/EEA in April – significant outbreaks ongoing
Measles cases continue to increase in a number of EU/EEA countries according to the most recent measles data collected by ECDC through epidemic intelligence and published in the Communicable Diseases Threats Report (CDTR) today.
Measles continues to circulate in the EU/EEA, with new outbreaks reported
According to the latest Communicable Diseases Threats Report (CDTR) with the most recent data collected through epidemic intelligence, Romania (4 317), France (2 588), Greece (2 238) and Italy (1 716) have reported the highest number of cases in 2018. To date, 31 deaths have also been reported across the region in 2018.
'Free Thinkers for Measles Elimination' meetingArchived
ECDC convened a meeting of public health experts and successful professionals with experience in management, marketing, campaigning, behaviour change and other professional areas. The purpose of the event was to generate new ideas for promoting measles vaccination in Europe.
Inform, protect, immunise: engaging underserved populationsArchived
Measles have re-emerged in the EU and the 2015 measles and rubella elimination target date set for Europe was looking progressively more challenging. The meeting aimed to find practical solutions to situation, especially within the WHO measles and rubella elimination target and facing economic crisis challenges.