Communicable disease threats report, 3-9 March 2013, week 10
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.
From 3 to 9 March 2013, ECDC monitored several on-going public health threats within and outside the European Union. On 8 March 2013, the Health Protection Agency in the United Kingdom reported an additional fatal case of anthrax in Suffolk, England. Influenza activity remained substantial across Europe but an increasing number of countries reported indications of declining transmission.
The Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control (SMI) reported about two on-going measles outbreaks in two counties in Sweden, Uppsala and Stockholm. In the United Kingdom, the Health Protection Agency reported about a measles outbreak in the North-East of England. On 6 March 2013, the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia informed the World Health Organization (WHO) about a new confirmed case of novel coronavirus (NCoV) infection. This brings the number of confirmed cases of NCoV infections to 14 globally, including eight deaths. 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.