Communicable disease threats report, 20-26 January 2013, week 4

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

From 20 to 26 January 2013, ECDC monitored several on-going public health threats within and outside the European Union (EU).

In relation to influenza, in week 3, thirteen countries and the UK (Northern Ireland) reported medium intensity and Iceland reported high intensity. Geographic spread was reported as widespread or regional by 13 countries. In the EU there were no new outbreaks of measles and rubella.

The CDTR also reports on dengue in Madeira, where sporadic cases are still being reported.