Hepatitis B - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2015

surveillance report
Publication series: Annual Epidemiological Report on Communicable Diseases in Europe
Time period covered: This report is based on data for 2015 retrieved from The European Surveillance System (TESSy) on 4 November 2016

There continues to be a downward trend in the rate of acute cases, which is in accordance with global trends and reflects the impact of national vaccination programmes. In contrast, the rate of newly diagnosed chronic cases continues to rise over time, and this increase is most likely to be related to changes in local testing and reporting practices.