Communicable disease threats report 3-9 February 2013, week 6

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 3 February to 9 February 2013, ECDC monitored several on-going public health threats within and outside the European Union.

Concerning the dengue outbreak in Madeira, three new imported cases have reported among returning travellers by Finland during the past two weeks. The latest case was reported on 1 February 2013.

For week 5/2013, most of the reporting countries across Europe indicated concomitantly high/medium-intensity influenza transmission and wide geographic spread. Last week, ECDC published its annual risk assessment (.pdf) for seasonal influenza 2012-2013 based on data up to week 03/2013.

During the week leading up to 8 February 2013, there was one polio case reported to WHO from Pakistan.