ECDC has published Communicable Disease Threats Report, week 15/2015. Click through to download the full report. The summary:
According to the Ministry of Health and Population of Egypt, as of 6 April 2015, there have been 134 human cases of influenza A(H5N1), including 38 deaths, reported in Egypt so far in 2015. This outbreak in Egypt has now caused more cases during one season than has been reported from any other country globally.
The influenza A(H5N1) virus, commonly known as bird flu, is fatal in about 60% of human infections.
ECDC published an epidemiological update on 10 April and a Rapid Risk Assessment covering A(H5N1) in Egypt on 13 March 2015.
Ebola virus disease epidemic – West Africa
Thirty new confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease were reported from WHO in the week from 30 March to 5 April (21 in Guinea and 9 in Sierra Leone). Liberia reported no new confirmed cases. This is the lowest weekly total since the third week of May 2014.
As of 7 April 2015, WHO reported 25 567 cases of Ebola virus disease related to the outbreak in West Africa, including 10 599 deaths.
ECDC published a Rapid Risk Assessment on 4 February 2015 and provides an epidemiological situation update on a weekly basis.
Seasonal influenza – Europe
During week 14/2015, seasonal influenza activity continued to decrease in most reporting countries, although the proportion of influenza-virus-positive specimens remained high (36%). Since week 51/2014, the positivity rate has been over the threshold of 10% indicating seasonal influenza activity.
ECDC and WHO monitor and report on influenza activity in Europe on a weekly basis throughout the flu season in the Flu News Europe bulletin.