Measles

Measles outbreaks in Europe

Last updated: 9 November 2018

Measles cases in Europe primarily occur in unvaccinated populations in both adults and children. Large outbreaks with fatalities are ongoing in countries that had previously eliminated or interrupted endemic transmission. ECDC monitors the measles outbreaks in the EU/EEA and publishes regularly a monthly update in the CDTR with the most recent data on measles cases and outbreaks and a monthly measles and rubella monitoring report based on data submitted to TESSy. The latest reports are available in the Publications list below.

Ongoing outbreaks
Romania, France, Greece, Italy
33 deaths
have been reported in EU countries in 2018
Vaccination coverage
is below 95% in most countries

Latest updates

Data

Number of measles cases by country, EU/EEA, October 2018 (n=279)

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Measles notification rate per million population by country, EU/EEA, 1 November 2017 to 31 October 2018

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Publication

Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, December 2018

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Number of measles cases by month and notification rate per million population by country, EU/EEA, 1 November 2017 to 31 October 2018

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Publication

Communicable disease threats report, 9-15 December 2018, week 50

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Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, December 2018

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Communicable disease threats report, 4-10 November 2018, Week 45

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Publication

Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, November 2018

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News

Overall decrease of measles cases in the EU/EEA – but caseload remains high in some countries

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Measles continues to circulate in the EU/EEA, with new outbreaks reported

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ECDC: Check your vaccination status before the holiday season

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Measles cases increase in the EU/EEA in April – significant outbreaks ongoing

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Event

European Immunisation Week April, 2017

24 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017

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European Immunisation Week: ECDC highlights resources available on measles and rubella

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Event

European Immunisation Week, 2016

24 Apr 2016 - 30 Apr 2016

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EIW 2015 at ECDC

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Data

Number of measles cases by country, EU/EEA, October 2018 (n=279)

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Data

Measles notification rate per million population by country, EU/EEA, 1 November 2017 to 31 October 2018

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Number of measles cases by month and notification rate per million population by country, EU/EEA, 1 November 2017 to 31 October 2018

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Number of measles deaths by country, EU/EEA, 1 November 2017 to 31 October 2018 (n=37) Importation

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Peer-reviewed publications

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Public health structures attendance during the Ebola outbreak in Guéckédou, Guinea

2016

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Measles among migrants in the European Union and the European Economic Area

2016

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Outbreak of Salmonella Strathcona caused by datterino tomatoes, Denmark, 2011

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Measles outbreak on a cruise ship in the western Mediterranean, February 2014, preliminary report

2014

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Vaccine-preventable diseases: The role of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

2014