Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, August 2019
The monitoring report is based on measles and rubella data from The European Surveillance System (TESSy) for 1 July 2018–30 June 2019.
Twenty-eight countries reported measles data for June 2019, with 1 433 cases reported by 24 countries and four countries reporting no cases. Overall, case numbers continued to decrease compared with the previous two months. France, Bulgaria, Italy and Poland had the highest case counts with 469, 236, 213 and 123 cases respectively. Notable decreases were reported in France, Bulgaria, Poland, Lithuania and Spain.
Twenty-seven countries reported rubella data for June 2019, with 34 cases reported by four countries (Austria, Germany, Italy and Poland) and 23 countries reporting no cases. Overall, case numbers continued to decrease compared with the previous two months. Twenty-two of the 34 cases (65%) were reported by Poland.
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
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