ECDC has published Monitoring current threats: ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR), week 51/2014. Click through to download the PDF and follow the links. 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 14 - 20 December 2014 and includes updates on:
Ebola virus disease – West Africa
Since the last CDTR on 11 December, WHO has reported 451 additional Ebola cases in the affected countries and 367 additional deaths. As of 17 December, WHO reports 18 603 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease, with 6 915 deaths.
• ECDC published an Epi Update on 19 December 2014.
This week, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has been notified of several highly pathogenic avian influenza virus outbreaks. They include the US reports on A(H5N2) and A(H5N8) in wild birds in the state of Washington, an A(H5N8) outbreak on a farm in the municipality of Porto Viro, Rovigo, north east Italy, and Germany reports of a new A(H5N8) outbreak involving a turkey farm in Lower Saxony.
Influenza – Europe
In week 50/2014, influenza activity remained at low levels but with growing numbers of countries reporting sporadic detections of influenza viruses. The Netherlands reports the highest intensity of influenza transmission in the EU/EEA.