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: 10 January 2020

Highest numbers
France, Bulgaria, Italy, Poland and Romania
13 460 cases
from 1 December to 30 November
Vaccination coverage
is below 95% in most countries

Latest updates

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Number of measles deaths by country, EU/EEA, 1 December 2018–30 November 2019 (n=10)

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Number of measles cases by country, EU/EEA, November 2019 (n=232)

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Communicable disease threats report, 8-14 December 2019, week 50

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Infographic: Measles in Europe in October 2019

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Number of measles deaths by country EU/EEA, November 2018 - October 2019

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Communicable Disease Threats Report, 3-9 November 2019, Week 45

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Communicable disease threats report, 20-26 October 2019, week 43

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Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, 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, September 2019

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News

Measles vaccination gaps in teenagers and young adults highlighted in ECDC’s report

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Measles cases increase significantly in the last month in a number of EU/EEA countries

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ECDC Rapid Risk Assessment highlights young adults and healthcare workers as groups that are susceptible to measles, 21 March 2018

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Measles outbreaks still ongoing in 2018 and fatalities reported from four countries

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Measles cases in the EU treble in 2017, outbreaks still ongoing

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May 2013

Event

Individual decision-making and childhood vaccination

24 May 2013
Stockholm, Sweden
Sep 2012

Event

Inform, protect, immunise: engaging underserved populationsArchived

4 Sep 2012 - 6 Sep 2012
Dublin, Ireland
Apr 2012

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'Free Thinkers for Measles Elimination' meetingArchived

24 Apr 2012 - 25 Apr 2012
ECDC, Stockholm

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European Immunisation Week, 2012Archived

21 Apr 2012 - 27 Apr 2012

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Infographic: Measles in Europe in October 2019

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Number of measles deaths by country EU/EEA, November 2018 - October 2019

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Measles notification rate, from November 2018 to October 2019

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Infographic: Measles in Europe in September 2019

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Measles notification rate, from October 2018 to September 2019

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Peer-reviewed publications

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

Jan 2018

Peer-Reviewed Publication

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

Jan 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

Jan 2018

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Vaccines, trust and European public health

Jan 2018

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Lebanon’s experience in surveillance of communicable diseases during a mass gathering: Sixth Francophone Games, 2009

Jan 2017