Communicable disease threats report, 10-16 November 2013, week 46

surveillance report
Publication series: Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR)
Time period covered: 10 - 16 November 2013

The ECDC communicable disease threats report is a weekly bulletin intended for epidemiologists and health professionals in the area of communicable disease prevention and control. Summarising information gathered by ECDC through its epidemic intelligence activities regarding communicable disease threats of concern to the European Union, it also 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.
 

Executive summary

​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report is a weekly bulletin intended for epidemiologists and health professionals in the area of communicable disease prevention and control. Of note in this week’s report are: 

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Between 7 and 14 November 2013 five additional cases were reported by the local health authorities from Saudi Arabia (2), Qatar (1) and Kuwait (2). These are the first cases reported in Kuwait. Confirmatory testing continues for the probable case reported in Spain on 6 November. 

Outbreak of poliomyelitis, Syria

On 11 November, WHO confirmed three additional cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in Syria bringing the number of confirmed poliomyelitis cases to 13. ECDC also had a letter published by The Lancet that clarified its recommendations to Member States.