Hantavirus infection - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2014
Hantavirus infections are widely distributed across Europe, with the exception of some Mediterranean countries which reported a very low number of cases.
- 3 752 cases were reported to TESSy in 2014.
- The notification rate was 0.8 cases per 100 000 population.
- Hantavirus infections are widely distributed across Europe, with the exception of some Mediterranean countries which reported a very low number of cases.
- Twenty-seven EU/EEA countries reported cases, while six countries (Cyprus, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta and Spain) reported zero cases. Data were not available from Denmark, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Portugal.
- Eighteen countries used the EU case definition. An alternative case definition was used by the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom. Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, Ireland and Italy did not specify their definition or it was unknown.
- Reporting is voluntary in four countries and compulsory in 22 (Cyprus did not supply this information). The surveillance systems are mostly passive, except in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the United Kingdom where active systems are in place. Systems are mostly case-based, except in Belgium, Croatia and Bulgaria (Annex 1).