Epidemiological update: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), 4 July 2013
Since the last ECDC update on 17 June 2013, 13 new confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and two deaths have been reported by the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia.
Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae continue to spread in Europe
Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) are an emerging threat to healthcare. Beside the carbapenems – a last-line class of antibiotics – CPE are resistant to most other antibiotics, leaving few options for the treatment of infected patients. In an effort to assess the nature and scale of CPE spread in Europe, a group of European experts is implementing the European Survey on Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae (EuSCAPE).
Epidemiological update: outbreak of hepatitis A virus infection in four Nordic countries
As of 6 August 2013, the Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish public health institutes reported 106 cases associated with the hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection outbreak affecting their countries since 1 October 2012. Of these, 64 were confirmed and 42 were probable.
First West Nile fever case of 2013 in the EU/EEA found in Attiki, Greece
The first human case of West Nile fever in the EU/EEA has been reported this week. Greece reported one probable case in the Attiki region, more precisely in the eastern part of the region, on 16 July.
West Nile fever: 12 new cases in the EU and 44 in neighbouring countries reported in the past week
Twelve new cases of West Nile fever were detected in the EU in the week to 15 August 2013. Austria reported its first confirmed case though the place of infection is still under investigation.
Epidemiological update: Polio virus in sewage and human faecal samples in Israel, August 2013
In May 2013, Israel announced the detection of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in the south of the country (1). As reported until mid-August, during the routine monitoring of sewage samples the virus had been found in 67 sewage samples from 24 sampling sites since February 2013.
West Nile fever weekly update: Newly affected areas and highest number of cases in EU for 2013 season so far
During the past week, 26 new cases of West Nile fever were detected in the EU, which is the highest number of new cases for a week for the 2013 season so far.