Malaria - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2017

Surveillance report
Publication series: Annual Epidemiological Report on Communicable Diseases in Europe
Time period covered: This report is based on data for 2017 retrieved from The European Surveillance System (TESSy) on 11 December 2018.

For 2017, 8 401 cases were reported in the EU/EEA, 8 393 (99.9%) of which were confirmed. Twenty-one confirmed cases were reported as acquired in the EU.

Executive summary

  • For 2017, 8 401 cases were reported in the EU/EEA, 8 393 (99.9%) of which were confirmed.
  • Among 8 023 cases with known importation status, 99.8% were travel-related. Twenty-one confirmed cases were reported as acquired in the EU (7 each by Greece and Italy, 3 by the UK, 2 by France and one each by Germany and Spain).
  • A marked seasonal trend was observed across all countries, with cases increasing during and immediately after the summer holiday months (July–September).
  • As in previous years, the overall rate of confirmed malaria cases was higher among men than women (1.7 cases and 0.8 cases per 100 000 population respectively; male-to-female ratio 1.9:1).

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Data from the ECDC Surveillance Atlas - Malaria

Most reported malaria cases in EU are travel related (in 2017: 99.8% ).