Communicable Disease Threats Report 21-27 July, week 30
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.
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. This week’s report includes:
West Nile fever
During the past week, three new human cases of West Nile fever were detected in the EU: Greece reported one probable case in East Attiki and two cases (one probable and one confirmed) in Thessaloniki, an area reporting for the first time this season. In neighbouring countries, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) reported its first case of the year in Kocani (eastern Macedonia).
Hepatitis A in Ireland
In the past week, seven hepatitis A virus cases with the same strain were reported in Ireland. They had the same strain as three cases reported earlier as well as an outbreak involving some 200 people in Italy. The number of HAV cases in Ireland with the same strain now numbers 10. Descriptive epidemiology point to the consumption of frozen and fresh berries as a vehicle of infection for these cases.