Expert consultation on guidelines for the surveillance of invasive mosquitoes
Communicable disease threats report, 2- 8 October 2016, week 40
This issue of the ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) covers the period 2 - 8 October 2016 and includes updates on Rift Valley fever, cholera and Zika virus.
Rapid risk assessment: Outbreak of Rift Valley fever in Niger, 10 October 2016
This rapid risk assessment monitors the threat posed by Rift Valley fever (RVF) which has been reported in regions of eastern and southern Africa, and in most of the sub-Saharan and West African countries.
Communicable disease threats report, 9 - 15 October 2016, week 41
This issue of the ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) covers the period 9 to 15 October 2016 and includes updates on Influenza, West Nile virus, Zika virus and MERS.
Facts about Rift Valley fever
Rift Valley fever is an acute viral febrile haemorrhagic disease that affects primarily ruminants in Africa and in the Arabian Peninsula: cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats and camels. Humans may become infected by mosquito bites and through direct or indirect contact with the blood or organs of infected animals.
Rift Valley fever - Annual Epidemiological Report 2016 [2014 data]
There were no cases of Rift Valley fever reported in EU/EEA countries in 2014.
Prevention and control measures for Rift Valley fever
Vaccination of ruminants is the favoured method of preventing human disease. The inactivated RVF vaccine provides a lower level of protection. Other measures include a ban on slaughtering ruminants and avoiding mosquito bites.