TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

ECDC releases Communicable Disease Threats Report

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control released its weekly Communicable Disease Threats Report this week highlighting new data on the West Nile Virus and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus.

The ECDC reported the progress of the current West Nile season is comparable to the rates of infection seen in the European Union and neighboring countries in previous years. The entire region has seen 509 cases of WNV as of October 10; 217 of the cases belong to the EU. The ECDC also updated the WNV map on its site to track the geographical progress of the disease.

As of October 10, 141 cases of MERS-CoV have been confirmed, resulting in 62 deaths. All cases have been linked, directly or indirectly, to the Middle East.

The indirect cases generally resulted from travelers to the Middle East region from countries including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Tunisia. All reported cases following June 1 were reported within the Arabian Peninsula.

The ECDC will continue to monitor the progress of the MERS-CoV and WNV in Europe. Experts suggest people reduce the risk of contracting either disease by taking precautions with friends and family members who they suspect may be infected. The ECDC also recommends strict measures for disease control when a patient suspected of being infected is undergoing testing.