Communicable disease threats report, 26 June - 2 July 2016, week 26

Surveillance report
Publication series: Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR)
Time period covered: 26 June - 2 July 2016

​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 June - 2 July 2016 and includes updates on poliomyelitis, public health risks associated with refugee movements, Zika virus, yellow fever and West Nile fever.

Executive summary

Zika – Multistate (world)

Sixty-one countries and territories are reporting mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus infection worldwide. In the EU, since week 45 in 2015, 10 countries have reported 783 travel-associated Zika cases through the European Surveillance System. There is now a scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Outbreak of yellow fever

An outbreak of yellow fever in Angola started in December 2015 in the municipality of Viana, Luanda province and spread to all the 18 provinces of Angola. The neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo also officially declared an outbreak of yellow fever linked to the one in Angola. In Angola, 3 464 suspected cases of yellow fever were reported as of 27 June and 1 307 suspected cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo (as of 23 June).