The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has warned that European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) member states should remain on alert for an epidemic of Echovirus 30 (E30).
In a new epidemiological update, it described how a number of public health authorities had observed an upsurge in the number of positive enterovirus detections, especially E30 cases. Preliminary data shows a combined total of 259 E30 detections have been reported since the beginning of 2018 in Denmark (38), Latvia (1), the Netherlands (85), Norway (37), Sweden (21) and the United Kingdom (England and Scotland; 77).
The exact transmission route of current infections is unknown and the ECDC said as further transmission of E30 cannot be excluded in affected countries, all EU/EEA Member States should remain vigilant for an E30 epidemic.
“Where relevant, national public health authorities should consider informing clinicians of increased numbers of aseptic meningitis related to E30 infection and of the importance of collecting cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimens even if white blood cell count is normal, as well as adhering to the European Non-Polio Enterovirus Network's (ENPEN) recommendations on detection of non-polio enteroviruses in laboratories,” the ECDC stated.