Unusual large number of West Nile virus infections in the EU/EEA and EU neighbouring countries
In 2018, as of 30 August 2018, 975 confirmed and probable autochthonous human WNV infections were reported by European countries: 710 in EU/EEA Member States and 265 in EU neighbouring countries. Italy reported 327 cases, Serbia 213, Greece 147, Romania 117, Hungary 96, Israel 49, France 11, Austria 8, Croatia 3, Kosovo 3 and Slovenia 1.
Call for ECDC Fellowship Programme (EPIET & EUPHEM) cohort 2019
The call for applications for the EU-track cohort 2019 of the ECDC Fellowship Programme is now open. Interested candidates can apply to become a fellow in one of the two paths offered by the Programme: EPIET field epidemiology and EUPHEM public health microbiology.
Drug-resistance of gonorrhoea in the EU: persistent but stable
Neisseria gonorrhoea continues to show high levels of resistance to azithromycin across the European Union and European Economic Area, according to the 2016 results of the European Gonococcal Antimicrobial Surveillance Programme (Euro-GASP).
New case of MERS-CoV identified in the United Kingdom
A new case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has been confirmed by Public Health England (PHE) on the 23 August. Health authorities are identifying close contacts of the patient as a precautionary measure. This is the fifth case of MERS-CoV diagnosed in England, where there have been no cases since 2013.
How communities can collaborate with institutions during public health emergencies: Case studies focusing on tick-borne diseases
Focusing on two recent public health emergencies related to tick-borne diseases in two EU countries, ECDC experts investigated the public health response and specifically the involvement of the communities.
Listeria surveillance: new EU-wide study reveals that most outbreaks remain undetected
More than half of the severe listeriosis cases in the European Union belong to clusters, many of which are not being picked up fast enough by the current surveillance system, suggests a new article published in Eurosurveillance. The large-scale study looked into listeriosis epidemiology through whole genome sequencing and found that this method, when implemented at EU-level, could lead to faster detection of multi-country outbreaks, saving up to 5 months of the investigations.
Unusual early start of the West Nile fever season and rise in cases: ECDC assessment
An unusual early start and high number of locally acquired West Nile virus infections has been observed this year. ECDC assesses the epidemiological situation and the public health risk to the EU, in a rapid risk assessment published today.
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.