Legionnaires’ disease in Europe, 2012
This surveillance report is based on Legionnaires’ disease surveillance data collected for 2012. Surveillance is carried out by the European Legionnaires’ Disease Surveillance Network (ELDSNet) and coordinated by ECDC in Stockholm. Data were collected by nominated ELDSNet experts for each European country and electronically reported to The European Surveillance System (TESSy) database.
In 2012, 5 852 cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported in the EU/EEA, well within the range observed in the past five years. Most cases were community-acquired (69%), while 20% were travel-associated and 8% were linked to healthcare facilities.
Legionnaires’ disease remains an important cause of both morbidity and mortality in Europe. Even though sporadic community-acquired cases represent the majority of notified cases, large outbreaks continue to occur, placing temporary pressure on local healthcare services.
France, Italy, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom accounted for 84% of all notified cases. Fluctuations observed in the past years have been mainly driven by the number of community-acquired cases reported by these six countries.
Important regional variations have been documented in some countries such as France and Italy, which may be linked to environmental conditions and/or differences in the sensitivity of Legionnaires’ disease surveillance.
Legionnaires’ disease in Europe, 2015
14 Jun 2017 - For 2015, 7 034 cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported by 28 EU Member States, plus Iceland and Norway. This report is based on surveillance data collected for 2015.
Legionnaires’ disease in Europe, 2014
12 Jan 2016 - This surveillance report is based on the 2014 disease surveillance data collected by the European Legionnaires’ Disease Surveillance Network.