Communicable disease threats report, 3-9 March 2019, week 10
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period from 3-9 March 2019 and includes updates on Leishmaniasis and Zika virus disease, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), measles, Ebola virus disease, influenza, Rift Valley fever and mass gathering for Carnival in Brazil.
Facts about leishmaniasis
Leishmaniasis is a tropical/sub-tropical disease, spread by the bite of infected sandflies. There are several different forms of leishmaniasis in people: cutaneous leishmaniasis causes skin sores, visceral leishmaniasis causes systemic disease. Without treatment, most patients with the visceral disease will die and those with diffuse cutaneous and mucocutaneous disease can suffer long infections associated with secondary life-threatening infections.