ECDC publishes 2017 annual epidemiological report on malaria

30 July 2019

Article: 53/3003

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published their 2017 surveillance report for malaria, on 25 July 2019. The report, based on data for 2017 retrieved from the European Surveillance System (TESSy), records 8,401 cases reported in the EU/EEA, of which 8,393 (99.9%) were confirmed. Among 8,023 cases with known importation status, 99.8% were travel-related with 21 confirmed cases reported as acquired in the EU, seven each by Greece and Italy, three by the UK, two by France and one each by Germany and Spain.

Data showed a seasonal trend across all countries, with cases increasing during and immediately after the summer holiday months of July to September. The overall rate of confirmed malaria cases was higher among men than women, with 1.7 cases and 0.8 cases per 100,000 of the population respectively and a male-to-female ratio of 1.9:1.

Source: ECDC, 25 July 2019