Communicable disease threats report, 28 October - 3 November 2012, week 44

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

ECDC’s weekly communicable disease threats reports on the ongoing outbreak of dengue infection on the island of Madeira, an autonomous region of Portugal. As of 31 October 2012, the total number of cases is updated to 62 confirmed and 463 probable cases. Six cases of  dengue were reported among returning European travellers from the island. The epidemiological situation does not imply any trade or travel  restriction beyond the disinfestation currently implemented.

Concerning Salmonella Stanley, the CDTR reports that the outbreak is still ongoing. At this point the conclusions and recommendations of the Joint ECDC-EFSA rapid risk assessment remain unchanged. The epidemiological and microbiological information gathered through the public health and food and veterinary investigations  strongly suggest that the turkey production chain is the source of the outbreak. However, the contribution of other food and animal sources, such as beef, pork and broiler meat, to the outbreak cannot be ruled out.

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.

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