Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, September 2018
This monitoring report is based on measles and rubella data from The European Surveillance System (TESSy) for the period 1 August 2017 to 31 July 2018.
All 30 countries reported measles data for July 2018, with a total of 758 cases reported by 21 countries and nine countries reporting zero cases.
The increase previously observed in Slovakia continued with 257 cases reported, compared with 72 and 18 cases in June and May 2018, respectively. Measles outbreaks are also ongoing in other EU/EEA countries.
Italy, France, United Kingdom, Germany and Greece continued to report high case counts but with a decreasing trend.
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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