Rapid risk assessment: Hepatitis A outbreaks in the EU/EEA mostly affecting men who have sex with men, 2nd update, 19 May 2017
Since June 2016, 1 173 confirmed hepatitis A cases infected with three distinct strains of sub-genotype IA virus have been reported by 15 EU countries. These include 499 new cases compared with the data reported in the last epidemiological update published on 28 April 2017 . Two additional countries reported cases (compared to the first rapid risk assessment update published on 23 February 2017) . Overall, most cases are reported among adult men who have sex with men (MSM); 80 women were also affected.
The main prevention measure in the context of the current outbreaks is hepatitis A vaccination of MSM. The ECDC guidance for HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention among MSM encourages Member States to offer and promote vaccination of MSM against hepatitis A . Information on vaccine availability should be included in health promotion programmes targeting MSM, particularly at sex venues .
This rapid risk assessment is the second update of a previous assessment on the ongoing transmission of hepatitis A virus infection mainly affecting men who have sex with men in EU/EEA countries.
Rapid Risk Assessment: Potential public health risks related to communicable diseases at the WorldPride festival in Madrid, 23 June–2 July 2017
8 May 2017 - This rapid risk assessment reviews the health risks related to communicable diseases in the context of the WorldPride festival in Madrid, from 23 June to 2 July 2017.
Rapid risk assessment: Multi-country outbreak of hepatitis A virus genotype IA infections affecting EU countries in 2018
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