Communicable disease threats report, 17-23 March 2013, week 12

Surveillance report
Publication series: Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR)

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

Overall, the influenza situation reported for week 11/2013 suggests a declining activity in an increasing number of countries. Only Romania reports increasing trends. ECDC monitors influenza activity in Europe during the winter seasons and publishes the results in the Weekly Influenza Surveillance Overview.

There is an on-going outbreak of rubella in Poznan and since the beginning of March 2013 there has been approximately 200 cases. Another outbreak is reported in Wielkopolska where 854 cases of rubella were notified during the first quarter of 2013, almost five times more than in the past two years. There were 27,267 cases of rubella reported during 2012 by the 26 EU and EEA countries which contribute to the enhanced surveillance for rubella. Poland and Romania accounted for 99% of all reported rubella cases in the 12-month period.

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.