Communicable disease threats report, 24 February - 2 March 2013, week 9

Surveillance report
Publication series: Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR)

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.

Executive summary

From 24 February to 1 March 2013, ECDC monitored several on-going public health threats within and outside the European Union.

Overall, the influenza situation reported for week 8/2013 suggests that the declining trend observed since week 5/2013 is continuing with additional countries reporting decreasing activity. While Belgium, Finland and Germany reported high influenza intensity with higher than usual level of influenza activity, 22 countries reported medium intensity. ECDC monitors influenza activity in Europe during the winter seasons and publishes the results in the Weekly Influenza Surveillance Overview.

The Swedish institute for communicable disease control reported two on-going measles outbreaks in the Uppsala and Stockholm counties. In 2013, only the UK and Sweden reported outbreaks. ECDC closely monitors measles transmission and outbreaks in the EU and neighbouring countries in Europe through enhanced surveillance and epidemic intelligence activities.