Communicable disease threats report, 12-18 January 2014, week 3
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.
he ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report is a weekly bulletin intended for epidemiologists and health professionals in the area of communicable disease prevention and control. This issue covers the period 12-17 January 2014 and focuses on the following:
Start of the influenza season in Europe
As ECDC’s Weekly Influenza Surveillance Overview for week 2 of 2014 shows, the season of active influenza transmission has started in Europe. It is not too late to get vaccinated: this is the single most effective way to protect yourself as well as those around you. Watch the ECDC video on seasonal influenza on how to protect from the influenza.
Three cases of chikungunya were confirmed in Jost Van Dyke island, one of the four British Virgin Islands, during week 3. Epidemiological data indicate that the outbreak, which started in Saint Martin in 2013, is expanding. An increase of cases on the affected islands (Saint Martin, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint Barthélemy, French Guyana and the Virgin Islands) is to be expected and the outbreak is likely to continue to spread geographically as stated in the previous ECDC risk assessment. The chikungunya vector (mosquito Aedes albopictus) is endemic in this region where it also transmits the dengue virus.
Zika virus, French Polynesia
On 30 October 2013, the health authorities in French Polynesia announced an outbreak of Zika virus infection from the Society Islands (cases reported from Bora Bora, Moorea, Raitea, Tahaa and Tahiti), the Marquesas Islands (cases reported from Nuku Hiva) and the Tuamotu Islands (cases reported from Arutua). Health authorities in French Polynesia are reporting a concurrent increase in neurological syndromes. The cause of and possible links with Zika or dengue virus infections are being investigated.
Influenza A(H7N9) China
During week three, 25 new cases of A(H7N9) infection have been reported from four Chinese provinces: Zhejiang (nine), Guangdong (ten), Jiangsu (one), Shanghai (three) and Fujian (two). This novel avian influenza virus was first detected in March 2013 in Chinese patients. Since then, the outbreak has affected 14 Chinese provinces, causing 181 cases of human infection, including 54 deaths. Most cases have been unlinked and sporadic zoonotic transmission from poultry to humans is the most likely explanation for the outbreak. Sustained person-to-person transmission has not been documented.
Communicable disease threats report, 3-9 February 2019, Week 6
8 Feb 2019 - The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period from 3-9 February 2019 and includes updates on poliomyelitis, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), measles, Ebola virus disease, influenza, Salmonella Poona and Andes Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome.
Communicable Disease Threats Report, 20-26 January 2019, week 4
25 Jan 2019 - The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period from 20-26 January 2019 and includes updates on chikungunya virus disease and dengue, Ebola virus disease, influenza and mass gathering monitoring for World Youth Day in Panama.
Communicable disease threats report, 25 November-1 December 2018, Week 48
30 Nov 2018 - The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period from 25 November-1 December 2018 and includes updates on West Nile virus, Ebola virus disease, influenza, cholera and influenza A(H5N6).