Communicable disease threats report, 16-22 September 2012, week 38
The ECDC communicable disease threats report is a weekly bulletin intended for epidemiologists and health professionals in the area of communicable disease prevention and control. Summarising information gathered by ECDC through its epidemic intelligence activities regarding communicable disease threats of concern to the European Union, it also provides updates on the global situation and changes in the epidemiology of communicable diseases with potential to affect Europe, including diseases that are the focus of eradication efforts.
During the past week, ECDC continued monitoring an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella Stanley in several EU countries. From 1 August 2011 to 20 September 2012, EU Member States have reported 429 cases of S. Stanley on the Epidemic Intelligence Information System (EPIS). The number of new cases per month has been rising progressively since April 2012. ECDC will keep working with the Member States on the epidemiological investigation.
An outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease is affecting the Spanish town Blanes in Catalonia, on Costa Brava involving Spanish residents and tourists. Spanish media report 14 possible cases.
Between 13 and 20 September, Greece has reported 13 new cases of West Nile fever (WNF). Romania reported one new case; Italy reported 11 new cases; and Hungary reported two new cases. In countries neighbouring the EU, Kosovo reported its first case of WNF, Croatia reported one new case, various federal regions of Russia notified about 36 new cases, Tunisia reported three new cases, and Israel reported 22 new cases.
The weekly Communicable Disease Threats Report provides a bulletin intended for epidemiologists and health professionals in the area of communicable disease prevention and control.