Measles cases continue to increase in EU/EEA countries

19 June 2018

Article: 52/2403

Measles outbreaks are still occurring in a number of EU countries (see current note 52/2101), with the highest number of cases to date in 2018 being in Romania (3,284), France (2,306), Greece (2,097) and Italy (1,258) respectively. Twenty five deaths have also been reported by these countries in 2018. Additionally, there are on-going outbreaks across England, with Public Health England (PHE) reporting 587 laboratory confirmed measles cases in 2018 to the end of May.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) recommend that individuals and families check their vaccination status before the holiday season begins. In order to reach elimination and protect those most vulnerable to severe complications and death from measles, such as infants, 95% of the population needs to be vaccinated with two doses of measles-containing vaccine. Only five EU/EEA countries reported at least 95% vaccination coverage for both doses of measles-containing vaccine according to the most recent data collected by the WHO in 2016, demonstrating that further action is required.

ECDC publishes a monthly measles and rubella monitoring report which gives information on age and distribution of cases as well as vaccination coverage rates.

Source: ECDC, 12 June 2018