Plague - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2016
For 2016, no cases of plague were reported in EU/EEA countries. Autochthonous plague has not occurred in Europe for several decades.
Plague, caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, is enzootic in wild rodents across Central and East Asia, Africa, and North America and remains endemic in many natural foci around the world. Recent outbreaks have shown that plague may reoccur in areas that have long remained unaffected. While urban plague has been controlled in most of the world, the disease remains a public health problem in rural areas for many countries.
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Plague is caused by Yersinia pestis bacteria. Blood sucking fleas transmit the bacteria among animals, and various species of rodents can become infected.Read more
Annual Epidemiological Reports (AERs)
The Annual Epidemiological Reports (AERs) are key ECDC publication on the epidemiology of communicable diseases of public health significance in Europe. These reports give overviews of the epidemiology of communicable diseases of public health significance in Europe, drawn from surveillance information on the 52 communicable diseases and health issues for which surveillance is mandatory in the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) countries.Read more
Diseases and special health issues under EU surveillance
ECDC collects, analyses and disseminates surveillance data on communicable diseases and related special health issues from all 28 European Union Member States and two of the three remaining European Economic Area (EEA) countries (Iceland and Norway).Read more