Communicable disease threats report, 21-27 October 2012, week 43
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.
There is an ongoing outbreak of dengue infection on the island of Madeira, an autonomous region of Portugal. ECDC’s weekly communicable disease threats report updates the total number of cases in Madeira to 52 confirmed and 404 probable. Three other European countries reported cases, four in total, in visitors returning from Madeira. This is not wholly unexpected as the mosquitoes transmitting the infection continue to be active due to the warm climate and Madeira remains a popular tourist destination in the autumn.