Communicable disease threats report, Week 31, 26 July - 1 August 2015
This issue of the ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) covers the period 26 July - 1 August 2015, and includes updates on anthrax, cutaneous diphtheria, louse-born relapsing fever, West Nile fever, measles, rubella and Ebola virus.
Diphtheria - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2015
In 2015, 65 cases of diphtheria caused by toxigenic Corynebacterium species were reported to ECDCp
Diphtheria - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2017
For 2017, 39 cases of diphtheria due to toxigenic Corynebacterium diphtheriae or C. ulcerans were reported to ECDC. The highest proportion of C. ulcerans cases was among adults 45 years of age and above, whereas C. diphtheriae cases were more common in younger age groups. Among C. diphtheriae cases, 50% were reported as imported. High vaccination coverage is crucial to prevent diphtheria.