Communicable disease threats report, 1-7 October 2017, week 40
This issue of the ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) covers the period 1-7 October 2017 and includes updates on Malaria, West Nile fever and chikungunya.
Epidemiological update: hepatitis A outbreak in the EU/EEA mostly affecting men who have sex with men
Since the last rapid risk assessment on this multi-country hepatitis A outbreak, 19 EU/EEA countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom-England & Wales) have reported 1 363 new outbreak-confirmed cases. Outbreak-confirmed cases are EU/EEA residents with laboratory-confirmed hepatitis A virus (HAV) genotype IA and a sequence with 99.3% homology to one of the three HAV genotype IA outbreak strains (VRD_521_2016; RIVM-HAV16-090; and V16-25801) based on overlapping fragments at the VP1-2a region.
Communicable disease threats report, 30 July - 5 August, week 31
This issue of the ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) covers the period 30 July – 5 August 2017 and includes updates on hepatitis A, West Nile virus, Vibrio, measles, seasonal influenza, MERS, and Legionnaires' disease.
Vaccination and safe sex: addressing hepatitis A outbreaks among men who have sex with men in Europe
Since June 2016, 16 European countries are experiencing hepatitis A outbreaks with 1 500 reported cases involving three separate clusters that mainly affect men who have sex with men. On the occasion of World Hepatitis Day, ECDC stresses the importance of hepatitis A vaccination and safe sex practices including the use of condoms to avoid new infections. As several EU/EEA countries experience hepatitis A vaccine shortages, targeting of vaccination to groups at higher risk of infection is suggested.
ECDC: around 9 million Europeans are affected by chronic hepatitis B or C
An estimated 4.7 million Europeans are living with chronic hepatitis B and almost 4 million (3.9) with chronic hepatitis C infection. However, large numbers of them are not even aware of their infection as they have not yet been tested and diagnosed.
Communicable Disease Threats Report, 25 June - 1 July 2017, week 26
This issue of the ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) covers the period 25 June - 1 July 2017, and includes updates on Salmonella Enteritidis, hepatitis A, measles, West Nile virus, avian influenza, Legionnaires' disease, chikungunya, Ebola virus and MERS.