Annual Epidemiological Report 2010 [2008 data]

Surveillance report
Publication series: Annual Epidemiological Report
Time period covered: Surveillance data for 2008

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Annual Epidemiological Report on Communicable Diseases in Europe 2010. Stockholm: ECDC; 2010

The fourth edition of the Annual Epidemiological Report on Communicable Diseases in Europe provides a comprehensive summary of surveillance data for 2008.

Despite a reduction in the incidence of some of the diseases under surveillance, the data presented show that several problems remain. Among those of the most concern are antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections; sexually transmitted infections like HIV and chlamydia; and respiratory tract infections. The priorities for communicable disease prevention and control have therefore not changed substantially over recent years.

Executive summary

This report presents the analysis of data reported for 2008 by the 27 EU Member States and three EEA/EFTA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The main aim of this report is to provide some indication, based on the available data, of where the main burden of communicable diseases now lies in the European Union. In these areas, more concerted action is required in order to decrease the present and potential future burden on society, on public health and healthcare systems, and to reduce human suffering. These data contribute to ECDC’s task of providing the evidence-base for action, to help identify and share practices, and to suggest methods for follow-up of interventions.