Communicable disease threats report, 27 April-3 May 2014, week 18

Surveillance report
Publication series: Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR)
Time period covered: 27 April - 3 May 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 27 April – 3 May 2014 and includes updates on:

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV)

In the past week a further 80 cases have reported of MERS-CoV. More than half of all the reported cases were in April 2014, 243. ECDC published an update to its rapid risk assessment on 25 April 2014 and an Epi Update on 30 April 2014.

Ebola virus disease – West Africa

Eighteen new clinical cases of Ebola virus disease were reported during the past week by Guinea (17) and Liberia (1). ECDC published a rapid risk assessment on 9 April 2014.

Measles

In the past month, new measles outbreaks have been detected in Latvia and Ireland. The earlier reported outbreaks in the Netherlands and Denmark are still ongoing. Measles and Rubella are reported on a monthly basis in the CDTR.

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