Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, June 2019
The monitoring report is based on measles and rubella data from The European Surveillance System (TESSy) for 1 May 2018–30 April 2019.
All 30 countries reported measles data for April 2019, with 1 907 cases reported by 26 countries and four countries reporting no cases. Belgium and Poland reported aggregate data, while all other countries reported case-based data.
Overall, case numbers decreased compared with the previous month. France, Italy, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Poland had the highest case counts with 325, 299, 279, 218 and 188 cases respectively.
Notable decreases were reported in Poland, the Czech Republic and Belgium.
- Poland reported 188 cases in April, compared with 223 in March and 232 in February.
- The Czech Republic reported 83 cases in April, compared with 186 in March and 147 in February.
- Belgium reported 37 cases in April, compared with 70 in March and 89 in February.
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