Zoonotic influenza - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2016

Surveillance report
Publication series: Annual Epidemiological Report on Communicable Diseases in Europe
Time period covered: This report is based on data for 2016 retrieved from Epidemic Intelligence on 27 September 2017.
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European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Chlamydia. In: ECDC. Annual epidemiological report for 2016. Stockholm: ECDC; 2018. 

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CDC’s annual surveillance reports provide a wealth of epidemiological data to support decision-making at the national level. They are mainly intended for public health professionals and policymakers involved in disease prevention and control programmes.

Executive summary

  • No human cases of avian influenza were reported in the EU/EEA.
  • Human cases of avian influenza A(H5N1) were reported from Egypt and A(H7N9) infections from mainland China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) and Taiwan.
  • Sporadic human cases of avian influenza A(H5N6), A(H7N2) and A(H9N2) were reported worldwide.
  • In 2016, several outbreaks and detections of highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses such as A(H5N1), A(H5N2), A(H5N3) or A(H5N8) were reported in poultry, wild and captured birds worldwide.
  • Two severe human infections due to swine-originated influenza virus A(H1N1)v were reported in the EU/EEA. Influenza viruses A(H1N1)v, A(H1N2)v, and A(H3N2)v of swine origin also caused human cases in Canada, Switzerland and the United States.

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