Imported methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, SwedenArchived
The authors analyzed data on 444 imported cases of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Sweden during the period 2000-2003. The risk for MRSA carriage or infection in returning travellers ranged from 0.1 per million travellers returning from Nordic countries to 59.4 per million travellers returning from North Africa and the Middle East.
Epidemiological update: case of severe lower respiratory tract disease associated with a novel coronavirus
On 11 February 2013, the UK Health Protection Agency announced that an additional case of the novel coronavirus infection has been confirmed in a UK resident.
Epidemiological update: anthrax cases among people who inject drugs
On 8 March, the Health Protection Agency in the United Kingdom reported an additional fatal case of anthrax in Suffolk, England. It concerns a person who injected heroin. This brings the number of anthrax cases among injecting drug users in the EU to 14, since June 2012.
Risk of travel-associated cholera transmission can remain low if precautionary measures are takenArchived
ECDC has issued a risk assessment on cholera transmission related to travel to the Dominican Republic after two cases have been detected in tourists returning to the UK and Germany from resorts in the Punta Cana area of the Dominican Republic.
Epidemiological update: Schmallenberg virus isolated from ruminants in the European Union, potential implications for human healthArchived
Since November 2011, a newly recognised virus, provisionally named ‘Schmallenberg’ virus, has been reported in cattle, sheep and goats in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom and France. Additionally, one bison has been confirmed positive for Schmallenberg virus in Germany.
Epidemiological update: Schmallenberg virus in the European Union, 13 March 2012Archived
Since November 2011, Schmallenberg virus has been reported in cattle, sheep and goats in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, France, Luxembourg, Italy and more recently in Spain.
Watching the summer gamesArchived
ECDC is enhancing its surveillance activities this summer, watching for any infectious disease health events that could present a public health threat during the UEFA EURO 2012 football championship and London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
London Olympics 2012: monitoring health threatsArchived
ECDC is watching for any infectious disease health events that could present a public health threat and as of Friday 20 July, a summary of relevant health events will be included in the weekly Communicable Disease Threat Report (CDTR), published on this website.
Epidemiological update: Anthrax cases among injecting drug users, June-July 2012Archived
On 25 and 26 of July, two additional cases of soft-tissue anthrax among injecting drug users have been reported from the United Kingdom and Denmark. The genetic typing of the strains related to these cases is ongoing.