Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, August 2018
Every month, ECDC reports on European measles and rubella surveillance data. Thirty European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries routinely submit data to The European Surveillance System (TESSy). This report is based on disease surveillance data reported for the period between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018.
Overall decrease of measles cases in the EU/EEA – but caseload remains high in some countries
During the month of June, a total of 1 054 cases of measles were reported across seventeen countries in the EU/EEA, which is a decrease from the 1467 cases reported during the month of May.
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Measles is an acute, highly contagious viral disease capable of causing epidemics. Infectivity is close to 100% in susceptible individuals and in the pre-vaccine era measles would affect nearly every individual during childhood.Read more
Rubella is a mild febrile rash illness caused by rubella virus. It is transmitted from person to person via droplets (the virus is present in throat secretions). It affects mainly, but not only, children and when pregnant women are infected, it may result in malformation of the foetus. Humans are the only reservoir of infection.Read more