Communicable disease threats report, 4-10 November 2012, week 45

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

The outbreak of dengue in Madeira has evolved rapidly since its onset on 3 October 2012. As of 4 November 2012, there are 1,148 reported cases of dengue fever of which 517 are laboratory confirmed. Nineteen cases of dengue were reported among returning European travellers from the island. ECDC is providing technical assistance to the health authorities in Madeira in their efforts to control the outbreak. The epidemiological case definition has been revised and an automated surveillance system has been set up with the support from ECDC. Further information can be found at ECDC’s epidemiological update.

Between 1 and 8 November Italy reported three new cases of West Nile fever (WNF) and Tunisia reported 10 new cases. In addition, there are media reports of up to 20 cases of WNF in the Ukraine although only 12 of them have been confirmed by official sources. ECDC produces weekly West Nile fever risk maps to inform blood safety authorities regarding affected areas.

Furthermore, an additional case of the novel coronavirus was reported in Saudi Arabia which is the third confirmed case so far. The patient was admitted to hospital in Riyadh due to pneumonia and was subsequently diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. He is out of intensive care and is currently recovering.

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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