Annual Epidemiological Report 2012 [2010 data]

Surveillance report
Publication series: Annual Epidemiological Report on Communicable Diseases in Europe
Time period covered: Surveillance data for 2010

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Annual Epidemiological Report on Communicable Diseases in Europe 2012. Stockholm: ECDC; 2012

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.

The full report is available in English. A summary is available in all EU languages, Icelandic and Norwegian

Executive summary

European communicable disease surveillance lies firmly in the hand of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and its database system known as ‘TESSy’ (The European Surveillance System). Through data calls to 27 EU Member States as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, the resulting report offers a near-complete picture of the state of European health with regard to infectious diseases.

The Annual Epidemiological Report 2012 – which is based on 2010 surveillance data – also shows that meaningful disease surveillance in Europe is not easily accomplished. Surveillance systems in the EU still have a long way to go before disease data will be comparable and compatible between Member States or even between the regions within each State.

In addition, the 2012 report gives an overview of antimicrobial consumption in the Member States and offers a summary of ‘potential communicable disease threats’ recorded in 2011, demonstrating once again the usefulness of epidemic intelligence as a tool for the early detection of disease outbreaks.