Communicable disease threats report, 14-20 December 2014, week 51

Surveillance report
Publication series: Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR)
Time period covered: 14 - 20 December 2014

​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. This issue covers the period 14 - 20 December 2014 and includes updates on: 

Ebola virus disease – West Africa

Since the last CDTR on 11 December, WHO has reported 451 additional Ebola cases in the affected countries and 367 additional deaths. As of 17 December, WHO reports 18 603 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease, with 6 915 deaths.
 

  • ECDC published an Epi Update on 19 December 2014.

Influenza A(H5N8) 

This week, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has been notified of several highly pathogenic avian influenza virus   outbreaks. They include the US reports on A(H5N2) and A(H5N8) in wild birds in the state of Washington, an A(H5N8) outbreak on a farm in the municipality of Porto Viro, Rovigo, north east Italy, and Germany reports of a new A(H5N8) outbreak involving a turkey farm in Lower Saxony.

Influenza – Europe

In week 50/2014, influenza activity remained at low levels but with growing numbers of countries reporting sporadic detections of influenza viruses. The Netherlands reports the highest intensity of influenza transmission in the EU/EEA.