Threats and outbreaks
The disease is rapidly spreading worldwide and the number of cases in Europe is rising with increasing pace in several affected areas.Latest updates on COVID-19
Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo
The 10th outbreak of Ebola disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been ongoing since August 2018.
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Active threats and outbreaks
Several countries are now experiencing sustained local transmission of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), including in Europe. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation with ongoing outbreak investigations. ECDC is closely monitoring this outbreak and providing risk assessments to guide EU Member States and the EU Commission in their response activities.
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Read about the risk to the EU/EEA and the UK
Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Cases have been declining in the last few weeks, with more recent cases restricted to rural, hard-to-reach communities instead of the urban areas where the hot spots were previously located. Find out more
Disease / public health area
This page provides information for travellers and public health authorities about health issues related to specific destinations. These issues may arise from disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, natural disasters, or other conditions that may affect travellers’ health.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and supply of substances of human origin in the EU/EEA
Rapid risk assessment: Novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic: increased transmission in the EU/EEA and the UK – sixth update
Epidemiological update: Multi-country outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to Polish eggs
Epidemiological update: Ebola virus disease outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri Provinces, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Risk assessment: Outbreak of acute respiratory syndrome associated with a novel coronavirus, Wuhan, China; first update
Rapid Risk Assessment: Cluster of pneumonia cases caused by a novel coronavirus, Wuhan, China, 2020
WHO recommendations for influenza virus vaccine composition for the 2018 southern hemisphere influenza season
WHO recommendations for influenza virus vaccine composition for the 2017-18 northern hemisphere season
Mutation of avian influenza A(H7N9): now highly pathogenic for poultry but risk of human-to-human transmission remains low
WHO statement: 12th meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations Emergency (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus
Threats and outbreaks by disease and country
ECDC monitors current infectious disease outbreaks and assesses the risk to public health in Europe. ECDC experts provides technical support to the EU-level response to such threats.
Interim surveillance case definitions for reporting in EU
During outbreaks, ECDC issues draft interim case definitions for surveillance, to support classifying cases for epidemiological reporting in EU.
ECDC in the field
ECDC supports outbreak investigations through deploying ECDC missions, supporting the EU Med Corps and facilitating national experts participation in WHO and other missions.
ECDC has produced several tools to support and guide outbreak preparedness, investigation and response activities.
This page provides information for travellers and public health authorities about health issues related to specific destinations. These issues may arise from disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, natural disasters, or other conditions that may affect travellers’ health.View the page
Epidemic intelligence and outbreak response
ECDC supports the response to infectious disease threats in the EU through rapid risk assessments and filed outbreak missionsRead about ECDC mandate