Measles

Measles outbreaks in Europe

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. Last updated: 27 July 2019

Highest numbers
France, Bulgaria, Italy, Poland and Lithuania
10 958 cases
from 1 January to 14 July
Vaccination coverage
is below 95% in most countries

Latest updates

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Measles notification rate per million population, September 2018-August 2019

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Number of measles deaths by country EU/EEA, September 2018 - August 2019

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Publication

Communicable disease threats report, 6-12 October 2019, week 41

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Infographic: Measles in Europe, October 2019

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Communicable disease threats report, 6-12 October 2019, week 41

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Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, October 2019

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Communicable disease threats report, 8-14 September 2019, week 37

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Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, September 2019

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ECDC: Insufficient vaccination coverage in EU/EEA fuels continued measles circulation

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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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Event

5th ESCMID Conference on Vaccines: Vaccines against respiratory infections: new insights and new vaccines

6 Sep 2019 - 8 Sep 2019
Bilbao

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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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European Immunisation Week, 2016

24 Apr 2016 - 30 Apr 2016

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Measles notification rate per million population, September 2018-August 2019

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Number of measles deaths by country EU/EEA, September 2018 - August 2019

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Infographic: Measles in Europe, October 2019

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Number of measles cases in EU/EEA in August 2019

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Peer-reviewed publications

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Vaccination of 50+ adults to promote healthy ageing in Europe: The way forward

Sep 2018

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Key dimensions for the prevention and control of communicable diseases in institutional settings: A scoping review to guide the development of a tool to strengthen preparedness at migrant holding centres in the EU/EEA

May 2018

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Management and control of communicable diseases in schools and other child care settings: Systematic review on the incubation period and period of infectiousness

May 2018

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Challenges and opportunities in disease forecasting in outbreak settings: A case study of measles in Lola Prefecture, Guinea

Mar 2018

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Vaccines, trust and European public health

Jan 2018