Communicable disease threats report, 24-30 May 2015, week 22

Surveillance report
Publication series: Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR)
Time period covered: 24 - 30 May 2015

​The ECDC communicable disease threats report is a weekly bulletinintended for epidemiologists and health professionals in the area ofcommunicable disease prevention and control. Summarising informationgathered by ECDC through its epidemic intelligence activitiesregarding communicable disease threats of concern to the EuropeanUnion, it also provides updates on the global situation and changes inthe epidemiology of communicable diseases with potential to affectEurope, including diseases that are the focus of eradication efforts.

Executive summary

This issue covers the period 24 to 30 May 2015 and includes updates on measles, Middle East respiratory syndrome – coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Ebola virus disease (EVD).

Measles Between 1 January and 30 April 2015, 1 944 measles cases have been reported to the national public health authority in Germany. Most cases can be attributed to ongoing outbreaks in Berlin, Saxony, and Thuringia according to data reported to the Robert Koch Institute. The Berlin outbreak is diminishing but is still ongoing.

In the past month in the EU, new measles outbreaks have been detected in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and the UK. In the rest of the world, measles outbreaks are reported from Australia, Taiwan, Guinea, Mali, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and Iraq.

Middle East respiratory syndrome – coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

ECDC issued its latest update on MERS-CoV on 30 May.

Ebola virus disease epidemic in West Africa

On 28 May 2015, WHO reported 27 076 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) related to the outbreak in West Africa, including 11 155 deaths. There were 12 confirmed cases of EVD reported in the week from 18 May to 24 May: 9 from Guinea and 3 from Sierra Leone.ECDC published an updated Rapid Risk Assessment on 15 April 2015.