ECDC has published Monitoring current threats: ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR), week 15/2014. Click through to download the PDF. The summary:
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report is a weekly bulletin intended for epidemiologists and health professionals in the area of communicable disease prevention and control. This issue covers the period 6-12 April 2014 and includes updates on:
Ebola in West Africa
In Guinea, cases were reported in Conakry, Guéckédou, Macenta, Kissidougou, and in the prefectures of Dabola and Djingaraye. In Liberia, Foya, Lofa County, remains the epicentre of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak. The latest case count is included in the EVD epidemiological update.
The ongoing outbreak of EVD in West Africa started in early February 2014, affecting Guinea and Liberia.
Hepatitis A outbreak in Europe
Norway has reported an ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection. Most patients had symptom onset in February and March 2014. Confirmed cases were infected with an outbreak strain identical to the one isolated from outbreak patients in Italy, Ireland and the Netherlands.
Since 1 January 2013, 1 315 cases of HAV infection were reported by 11 Member States as potentially linked to the ongoing outbreak. Initially, the outbreak was associated with travel to Italy. Currently, seven countries besides Italy have reported cases with no travel history (France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK).
On 11 April ECDC published a Rapid Outbreak Assessment.
Influenza in Europe
Influenza activity is declining towards an inter-seasonal pattern but influenza viruses were still detected in the majority of reporting countries.