Threats and outbreaks

Active threats and outbreaks

COVID-19

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, and has since spread rapidly, evolving into a full-blown pandemic. ECDC is responding to this outbreak by providing risk assessments, guidance, and advice on public health response activities to EU Member States and the EU Commission.

Read about the COVID-19 outbreak

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

Travellers' health

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.

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Communicable disease threats report, 14-20 June 2020, week 25

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Guidance on infection prevention and control of COVID-19 in migrant and refugee reception and detention centres in the EU/EEA and the UK

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Communicable disease threats report, 7-13 June 2020, week 24

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Considerations relating to passenger locator data, entry and exit screening and health declarations in the context of COVID-19 in the EU/EEA and the UK

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Rapid Risk Assessment: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the EU/EEA and the UK – tenth update

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Communicable disease threats report, 19-25 April 2020, week 17

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Communicable disease threats report, 12-18 April 2020, week 16

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Communicable disease threats report, 29 March-4 April 2020, week 14

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Communicable disease threats report, 22-28 March 2020, week 13

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Communicable disease threats report, 15-21 March 2020, week 12

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Epidemiological update: Ebola virus disease outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri Provinces, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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World Youth Day 2019 - information for travellers

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Epidemiological update: West Nile virus transmission season in Europe, 2018

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Epidemiological update: Multi-country outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to Polish eggs

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Epidemiological update: Ebola virus disease outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri Provinces, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Risk assessment: Outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2): increased transmission beyond China – fourth update

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Rapid outbreak assessment: Multi-country outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to eggs - Third update

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Combined clonal and plasmid-mediated outbreak of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacterales, Lithuania, 2019–2020

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Risk assessment: Outbreak of acute respiratory syndrome associated with a novel coronavirus, China: first local transmission in the EU/EEA − third update

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Risk assessment: outbreak of acute respiratory syndrome associated with a novel coronavirus, China; First cases imported in the EU/EEA; second update

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Yellow fever distribution and areas of risk in Brazil, as of 16 January 2018

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Zika transmission in the Caribbean

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Zika transmission in South East Asia

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West Nile fever in Europe in 2017; updated 27 October

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West Nile fever in Europe in 2017; updated 29 September

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WHO recommendations for influenza virus vaccine composition for the 2018 southern hemisphere influenza season

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​WHO recommendations for influenza virus vaccine composition for the 2017-18 northern hemisphere season

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Mutation of avian influenza A(H7N9): now highly pathogenic for poultry but risk of human-to-human transmission remains low

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WHO statement: 12th meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations Emergency (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus

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Recent scientific findings based on literature reviewed after the ninth update of the ECDC Rapid Risk Assessment on Zika virus infection (19 October to 27 January 2017)

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