Overall decrease of measles cases in the EU/EEA – but caseload remains high in some countries
During the month of June, a total of 1 054 cases of measles were reported across seventeen countries in the EU/EEA, which is a decrease from the 1467 cases reported during the month of May.
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.
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 cases increase significantly in the last month in a number of EU/EEA countries
Measles cases continue to increase in a number of EU/EEA countries. The highest number of cases to date in 2018 were in Romania (1 709), Greece (1 463) France (1 346) and Italy (411) respectively.
ECDC Rapid Risk Assessment highlights young adults and healthcare workers as groups that are susceptible to measles, 21 March 2018
The latest ECDC rapid risk assessment on the risk of measles transmission in the EU/EEA highlights that vaccination coverage and occurrence of cases vary within countries and population groups. It points to the need for systems to identify and vaccinate young adults, who are increasingly affected and therefore increase measles circulation, but who may not be aware of their vaccination status. Finally, ECDC signals the frequency of cases amongst healthcare workers as a matter of concern and suggests that Member States may consider specific interventions to ensure this group is vaccinated.