Outbreak of hepatitis A virus infection in travellers returning from Egypt
Between 1 November 2012 and 30 April 2013, 15 confirmed cases of hepatitis A virus infections with subgenotype IB and identical RNA sequence, and 89 probable cases, have been reported in 14 EU/EFTA countries. All cases have a travel history to Egypt.
Due to the fact that 15 of these cases, identified in three different countries, have identical sequences, a multistate outbreak has been confirmed with exposure occurring in Egypt. The descriptive epidemiology points to a possible persistent common source of infection contaminated with viruses sharing an identical sequence.Preliminary epidemiological investigations in affected countries do not definitively point to any particular source of infection. RNA sequencing of probable cases and interviews of probable and confirmed cases should enable the development of a more conclusive hypothesis on the source of infection.
Pneumonia cases possibly associated with a novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China
9 Jan 2020 - Between 31 December and 5 January, 59 pneumonia cases possibly associated with a novel coronavirus have been reported in Wuhan, China with a common exposure link to Wuhan’s South China Seafood City market.
Rapid risk assessment: Outbreak of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacterales in Lithuania, 2019
18 Dec 2019 - Between 1st February and 26th November 2019, 199 cases of Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC)-producing carbapenem-resistant Enterobacterales (KPC-CRE) have been detected in Lithuania.
Rapid risk assessment: Cases of Lassa fever in the Netherlands ex Sierra Leone
29 Nov 2019 - On 20 and 24 November 2019, respectively, the Dutch public health authorities confirmed two imported cases of Lassa fever from Sierra Leone. Both were Dutch healthcare workers who worked in a rural hospital in Sierra Leone.