Threats and outbreaks

Active threats and outbreaks

COVID-19

Transmission is still widespread in the EU/EEA even though most countries are experiencing stable or decreasing case rates. However, absolute numbers remain high, with increasing case rates among older age groups and increasing death rates in several countries. Around one third of countries are seeing increases in hospital or ICU admissions and/or occupancy due to COVID-19. This serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining public health and physical distancing measures and that these measures should not be relaxed, even in countries with decreasing trends.

Read about the COVID-19 outbreak

Read about the risk to the EU/EEA and the UK

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, 3-9 January 2021, week 1

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Communicable disease threats report, 27 December-2 January, week 53

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Risk Assessment: Risk related to spread of new SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern in the EU/EEA

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COVID-19 in children and the role of school settings in transmission - first update

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COVID-19 vaccination and prioritisation strategies in the EU/EEA

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Communicable disease threats report, 13-19 December 2020, week 51

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Communicable disease threats report, 6-12 December 2020, week 50

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Communicable disease threats report, 29 November-5 December 2020, week 49

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Communicable disease threats report, 22-28 November 2020, week 48

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Communicable disease threats report, 15-21 November 2020, week 47

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Travel-related case of malaria caused by Plasmodium cynomolgi reported in Denmark

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

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Multi-country cluster of Listeria monocytogenes ST1247 in five EU countries

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Health risks during the Carnival season in Brazil

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Rapid Risk Assessment: Detection of new SARS-CoV-2 variants related to mink

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Rapid Risk Assessment: Increased transmission of COVID-19 in the EU/EEA and the UK – thirteenth update

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Rapid outbreak assessment: Multi-country outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium and S. Anatum infections linked to Brazil nuts

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Rapid risk assessment: Increased transmission of COVID-19 in the EU/EEA and the UK – twelfth update

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Threat Assessment Brief: Reinfection with SARS-CoV-2: considerations for public health response

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Sources – EU/EEA regional data on COVID-19

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West Nile virus in Europe in 2020 - outbreaks among equids and/or birds, updated 25 June 2020

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Geographical distribution of chikungunya virus disease cases reported worldwide, 2019

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Geographical distribution of dengue cases reported worldwide, 2019

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Geographical distribution of confirmed MERS-CoV cases by probable region of infection and exposure in 2019, Saudi Arabia, as of 2 December 2019

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Conclusions of the eighteenth IHR Emergency Committee do not change the ECDC risk assessment for Europe concerning polio

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ECDC comment: European Commission updates communicable disease surveillance list - Lyme neuroborreliosis now under EU/EEA surveillance

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The benefits of HIV treatment: undetectable means you do not pass on the virus

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Statement of the Seventeenth IHR Emergency Committee Regarding the International Spread of Poliovirus, 10 May 2018

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WHO recommendations for influenza virus vaccine composition for the 2018-2019 Northern hemisphere season

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