Communicable disease threats report, 20-26 April 2014, week 17

Surveillance report
Publication series: Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR)
Time period covered: 20-26 April 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 20–26 April 2014 and include updates on:

Seasonal influenza in Europe

Low intensity was reported by all 27 reporting countries and influenza activity is declining.

Middle East respiratory syndrome – coronavirus (MERS CoV)

There have been 163 new cases of MERS-CoV since the beginning of April 2014, 43 of whom were healthcare workers. Of the 163 cases, 133 were reported by Saudi Arabia, 25 by the United Arab Emirates, two by Jordan and one case each from Greece, Malaysia and the Philippines. ECDC published an update to its rapid risk assessment on 25 April 2014.

Ebola virus disease – West Africa

Eighteen new cases of Ebola virus disease were reported during the past week by Guinea and Liberia. ECDC published a rapid risk assessment on 9 April 2014, the conclusions of which are still valid.

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