Communicable disease threats report, 5-11 April 2015, week 15
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.
This issue covers the period 5 to 11 April 2015 and includes updates on influenza A(H5N1), Ebola virus disease epidemic – West Africa and seasonal influenza in Europe.
According to the Ministry of Health and Population of Egypt, as of 6 April 2015, there have been 134 human cases of influenza A(H5N1), including 38 deaths, reported in Egypt so far in 2015. This outbreak in Egypt has now caused more cases during one season than has been reported from any other country globally.
The influenza A(H5N1) virus, commonly known as bird flu, is fatal in about 60% of human infections.
ECDC published an epidemiological update on 10 April and a Rapid Risk Assessment covering A(H5N1) in Egypt on 13 March 2015.
Ebola virus disease epidemic – West Africa
Thirty new confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease were reported from WHO in the week from 30 March to 5 April (21 in Guinea and 9 in Sierra Leone). Liberia reported no new confirmed cases. This is the lowest weekly total since the third week of May 2014.
As of 7 April 2015, WHO reported 25 567 cases of Ebola virus disease related to the outbreak in West Africa, including 10 599 deaths.
ECDC published a Rapid Risk Assessment on 4 February 2015 and provides an epidemiological situation update on a weekly basis.
Seasonal influenza – Europe
During week 14/2015, seasonal influenza activity continued to decrease in most reporting countries, although the proportion of influenza-virus-positive specimens remained high (36%). Since week 51/2014, the positivity rate has been over the threshold of 10% indicating seasonal influenza activity.
ECDC and WHO monitor and report on influenza activity in Europe on a weekly basis throughout the flu season in the Flu News Europe bulletin.
Communicable disease threats report, 29 September-5 October 2019, week 40
7 Oct 2019 - This issue of the ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) covers the period 29 September-5 October 2019 and includes updates on Ebola virus disease, extensively drug-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae, mass gathering monitoring (Japan, Rugby World Cup 2019), Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, Plasmodium cynomolgi infection, poliomyelitis, West Nile virus, and yellow fever.
Communicable disease threats report, 3-9 February 2019, Week 6
8 Feb 2019 - 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 from 3-9 February 2019 and includes updates on poliomyelitis, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), measles, Ebola virus disease, influenza, Salmonella Poona and Andes Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome.
Communicable Disease Threats Report, 20-26 January 2019, week 4
25 Jan 2019 - 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 from 20-26 January 2019 and includes updates on chikungunya virus disease and dengue, Ebola virus disease, influenza and mass gathering monitoring for World Youth Day in Panama.