Rapid risk assessment: Potential contamination of Viaspan® organ perfusion solution
An organ perfusion solution known as Viaspan® has been identified as being potentially contaminated with Bacillus cereus. Viaspan®, which is used to preserve organs prior to transplantation, is distributed to a number of countries around the world.According to ECDC's risk assessment, the likelihood of contamination and risk of infection in recipients or potential recipients of organ transplants preserved in Viaspan® solution produced after July 2011 appears to be low, based on the negative results of microbiological cultures in solution samples and the absence of reported patient cases to date. Nevertheless, vigilance is recommended to mitigate the risk.
Rapid risk assessment - Sexual transmission of dengue in Spain
18 Nov 2019 - Spanish authorities have reported the likely sexual transmission of dengue between two men. One of the men travelled to Cuba and the Dominican Republic (both countries where dengue is endemic) and returned to Spain on 4 September 2019.
Outbreak of carbapenemase-producing (NDM-1 and OXA-48) and colistin-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae ST307, north-east Germany, 2019
28 Oct 2019 - Germany has reported an outbreak of carbapenemase-producing (NDM-1 and OXA-48) and colistin-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae sequence type (ST) 307. As of 21 October 2019, 17 patients in three hospitals and one rehabilitation clinic in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania in north-east Germany have been affected. Six of the 17 cases presented with clinical symptoms of infection, while 11 were identified as be carriers.
Rapid risk assessment: Zika virus disease in Var department, France
16 Oct 2019 - On 1 October 2019, a case of locally acquired Zika virus (ZIKV) disease in France (Hyères city, Var department) was laboratory confirmed. To date, and based on ECDC’s epidemiological assessment, the probability of ongoing vector-borne local transmission in Hyères (and surrounding areas) is considered very low because current evidence does not indicate the existence of a more extensive cluster of ZIKV cases.