Communicable disease threats report, 26 August-1 September 2018, week 35
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 26 August-1 September 2018, and includes updates on Vibrio growth in the Baltic Sea, West Nile virus, Ebola virus disease, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and cholera in Algeria..
From 1 August 2011 to 27 August 2012, 117 confirmed cases of S. Stanley infections have been reported in five EU Member States, for which Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) pattern is available and identical. For 140 additional S. Stanley infections reported in these MS, the PFGE pattern is not available. As the source of infection and potential vehicles are not yet identified or confirmed, it is likely that additional cases of S. Stanley infections will be reported in the affected and other EU Member States. ECDC is coordinating the epidemiological investigation with the Member States.
This week, Greece reported 20 new West Nile fever (WNF) cases. Likewise, Romania reported four new cases in two newly affected districts. In countries neighbouring the EU, 69 new cases were notified by various federal regions of Russia, and 12 new cases were reported from Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. Outside of the monitored region, the US are experiencing a large WNF outbreak.