Diphtheria outbreaks in Yemen and Venezuela
An outbreak of diphtheria is currently being experienced in Yemen and Venezuela. One hundred and twenty diphtheria cases have been reported in Yemen in the last two months, while Venezuela has seen more than 500 probable cases in 2017, as detailed in today’s Communicable Disease Threat Report.
ECDC survey shows gaps in diphtheria diagnostic capacity across Europe
This ECDC gap analysis demonstrates that there are potentially significant gaps in diphtheria diagnostic capacity within the EU/EEA in terms of surveillance, specialised laboratory diagnostics, expertise and availability of diphtheria antitoxin (DAT). The results highlight the importance of sound surveillance systems for diphtheria and laboratory personnel training, as well as the need to ensure access to immunisation and high vaccination coverage rates.
Summary of public health threats, CDTR week 13/2016
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals about active public health threats. This issue covers the period of 27 March to 2 April 2016 and includes updates on seasonal influenza in Europe, a fatal case of diphtheria in Belgium, outbreak of yellow fever in Angola and other threats.
Trends in vaccine-preventable diseases in Europe
The Annual Epidemiological Report 2014 for vaccine-preventable diseases provides a snapshot of the epidemiological situation in Europe