World Health Day 2014: focusing on vector-borne diseases in Europe
2014, the focus of World Health day was on vector-borne diseases. World Health Day is a worldwide initiative celebrated every year on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948.
2014 West Nile fever season: ECDC launches weekly maps
Since last week ECDC has started collecting information about West Nile fever cases in Europe, for the 2014 transmission season. The first seasonal surveillance maps, published this week, present an overview of West Nile fever situation in Europe, as of 5 June 2014.
Epidemiological update: autochthonous cases of chikungunya fever in France, 23 October 2014
French authorities reported a cluster of four autochthonous cases of chikungunya infection in Languedoc-Roussillon region, south of France. This is the first report of autochthonous chikungunya virus transmission in France this year.
Epidemiological update: Chikungunya case in Spain without travel history to endemic areas (false alert)
On 11 September, authorities in Valencia,Spain acknowledged that the case of Chikungunya reported 3 August 2015 is a false positive. Laboratory investigation conducted by the National Reference laboratory in Madrid did not confirm the initial results.
Epidemiological update: Outbreaks of Zika virus and complications potentially linked to the Zika virus infection, 6 November 2016
Since 1 February 2016, Zika virus infection and the related clusters of microcephaly cases and other neurological disorders constitute a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC).
Epidemiological update: West Nile virus transmission season in Europe, 2016
In 2016, 225 human cases of West Nile fever have been reported in the EU: most cases were reported in Romania and Italy, Hungary and Romania reported a significant increase in number of cases compared to the previous season. Cyprus detected its ever first human case of West Nile fever.