Communicable disease threats report, week 7, 12-18 February 2012

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

Between the 12 and 18 February 2012, ECDC monitored three threats affecting the European Union. An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease associated with a hotel in Spain was identified by the European Legionnaires' Disease Surveillance Network (ELDSNet) on 13 January 2012. As of 17 February 2012, no additional cases associated with the hotel were notified through ELDSNet.

Influenza activity continued to increase in week 6, though with significant variation across Europe and no clear geographic progression. The dominant virus remains A(H3N2). Medium influenza activity was reported by 13 countries and increasing trends in clinical activity were reported by 17 countries.

Four EU Member States reported measles outbreaks during the past week: the UK, Romania, Spain and Sweden.  New outbreaks have been reported also in two EU neighbouring countries: Ukraine and Russia. Influenza A(H5N1), poliomyelitis and dengue were also monitored.

Summarising information gathered by ECDC through its epidemic intelligence activities regarding communicable disease threats of concern to the European Union, the CDTR 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.

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