Measles

Measles outbreaks in Europe

Last updated: 10 January 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
35 deaths
have been reported in EU countries in 2018
Vaccination coverage
is below 95% in most countries

Latest updates

Publication

Communicable disease threats report, 10-16 February 2019, Week 7

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Data

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

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Data

Number of measles deaths by country, EU/EEA, 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018 (n=34)

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Data

Vaccination coverage for the first doses of measles and rubella containing vaccine by country, EU/EEA, 2017

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Publication

Communicable disease threats report, 10-16 February 2019, Week 7

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Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, February 2019

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Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, January 2019

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Publication

Communicable disease threats report, 6-12 January 2019, week 2

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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

Vaccination coverage for the first doses of measles and rubella containing vaccine by country, EU/EEA, 2017

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Number of measles cases by country, EU/EEA, December 2018 (n=457)

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Measles notification rate per million population by country, EU/EEA, 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018

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Vaccination coverage for the second dose of measles-containing vaccine, EU/EEA, 2017

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Peer-reviewed publications

Peer-Reviewed Publication

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

2018

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

2018

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

2018

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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

2018

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Vaccines, trust and European public health

2018