Measles cases across the EU/EEA continue to rise, due to suboptimal vaccination coverage, a new report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows.
This report is based on measles and rubella surveillance data reported to the European Surveillance System (TESSy) for the period 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2018.
During the 12-month period, 28 EU/EEA countries reported 13,475 cases of measles. Most cases were reported by Italy (4,032), Greece (2,752), France (2,436) and Romania (2,127). Only Malta reported zero cases.
The number of measles cases reported to TESSy may be an underestimation, in particular for Romania, the report notes.
Twenty-one deaths attributable to measles were reported to TESSy during the 12-month period; with eight in Romania, six in Italy, four in Greece, two in France and one in Germany.
Of 12,111 reported measles cases with known vaccination status, 83 per cent were unvaccinated.
The latest available data (2016) shows only five EU/EEA countries reported at least 95 per cent measles vaccination coverage for both doses, said the ECDC.
In April 2018, 19 EU/EEA countries reported 1,708 cases of measles, with Italy and Germany in particular continuing to report an increasing number of cases.