Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, June 2018

Surveillance report
Publication series: Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report
Time period covered: 1 May 2017 - 30 April 2018

 European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, June 2018. Stockholm: ECDC; 2018 

ECDC reports monthly on measles and rubella surveillance data submitted by 30 EU/EEA countries to the European Surveillance System (TESSy). This report is based on surveillance data reported to TESSy from 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2018. ECDC also monitors European measles outbreaks through epidemic intelligence and publishes the most recent updates monthly in the Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR).

ECDC: Check your vaccination status before the holiday season

Measles cases continue to increase in EU/EEA countries with more countries experiencing outbreaks of the disease.

ECDC Director Andrea Ammon says,"Measles outbreaks are still occurring in a number of EU countries. This fact makes it more important than ever for people to get vaccinated with two doses of a measles-containing vaccine to protect themselves and their families before the holiday season."

The highest number of cases to date in 2018 are in Romania (3 284), France (2 306), Greece (2 097) and Italy (1 258) respectively. Twenty five deaths have also been reported by these countries in 2018. Additionally, there is an ongoing outbreak in England and Wales with 1 346 confirmed measles cases reported this year. This is according to the most recent measles data collected by ECDC through epidemic intelligence and published in the Communicable Diseases Threats Report (CDTR).

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