Echinococcosis - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2020
In 2020, 529 confirmed echinococcosis cases were reported in the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA). Of these, 243 cases were reported as Echinococcus granulosus, 114 as Echinococcus multilocularis, and 172 were reported with unknown species.
The EU/EEA notification rate for 2020 was 0.15 per 100 000 population, which represents a further decrease compared to the rate of 0.17 for 2019, and 0.21 for 2018. The 2020 notification rate is the lowest since EU surveillance of echinococcosis began in 2007. The highest notification rate in males was reported in those aged ≥65 years, and in females among those25-44 years.
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Echinococcosis is a zoonotic disease (transmitted from animals to humans) caused by the larval stage (hydatid cyst) of tapeworms.Read more