Communicable disease threats report, 22-28 April 2012, week 17
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.
ECDC continues to monitor measles in Europe. While there were no new outbreak or cluster detected in EU Member States, the latest update from the United Kingdom show that the number of cases is still increasing. The UK has already reported 1 206 suspected cases of measles so far this year in several ongoing outbreaks. One outbreak in the Merseyside area is the largest in the north west of England since the MMR vaccine was introduced in 1988 with 186 confirmed cases.
In relation to influenza, during week 16 all reporting countries experienced low-intensity influenza activity, except Slovakia which reported medium activity.
Among the non EU threats, the CDTR reports of a severe respiratory disease of unknown origin in Jordan. Eleven people are reported to have been affected by a respiratory disease in an intensive care unit in a Jordanian hospital, including one fatality. Most of the affected are said to be health care workers.