Anthrax - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2016
Anthrax continues to be a rare disease in humans in Europe, with only a few cases reported every year. In 2016, two EU/EEA countries reported six laboratory-confirmed anthrax cases: Romania (5) and Spain (1). The remaining 28 reporting countries notified no cases.
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Facts about anthrax
Anthrax is a zoonotic disease (could be transferred from animals to humans) caused by the spore-producing bacterium Bacillus anthracis.
Annual Epidemiological Reports (AERs)
The Annual Epidemiological Reports (AERs) are key ECDC publication on the epidemiology of communicable diseases of public health significance in Europe. These reports give overviews of the epidemiology of communicable diseases of public health significance in Europe, drawn from surveillance information on the 52 communicable diseases and health issues for which surveillance is mandatory in the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) countries.
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EU case definitions
List of case definitions for reporting communicable diseases to the Community network under Decision No 2119/98/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council.Read more
Disease and laboratory networks
The main mode for ECDC to interact with the Member States on scientific and technical work is within networks linked to Competent Bodies in the countries.Read more
More on food- and waterborne diseases
European Food- and Waterborne Diseases and Zoonoses Network (FWD-Net)
The FWD-Net network advises ECDC and contributes to strengthening surveillance and prevention of 21 food- and waterborne diseases and zoonoses in the EU/EEA, in close collaboration with EFSA, WHO and global public health partners. Activities include microbiology capacity building, EQA schemes and harmonization of laboratory-based surveillance.Read more