Measles cases in Romania continue to grow despite measures: ECDC

Source: Xinhua| 2017-04-04 03:42:29|Editor: huaxia
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STOCKHOLM, April 3 (Xinhua) -- Romania continues to report new measles cases since an outbreak of the epidemic started in February 2016 despite national level response measures adopted by the country, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said on Monday.

In the latest epidemiological update released on Monday, ECDC said, Romania reported 3,911 cases between September 2016 to March 24, 2017, despite measures including reinforced vaccination activities.

In 2016, a number of EU/EEA countries reported measles outbreaks, and an increase in the number of cases continues to be observed in 2017.

Previous and ongoing measles outbreaks in other EU countries have been epidemiologically linked to the current outbreak in Romania. However, additional knowledge is needed to carry out a successful epidemiological investigation.

Weekly summary in Europe showed that, measles cases have been reported in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain and Sweden as well as in Romania.

ECDC monitors measles transmission and outbreaks in the EU/EEA on weekly basis through enhanced surveillance and epidemic intelligence activities.

The ECDC, headquartered in the Swedish capital since 2005, works with health authorities across Europe to fight infectious diseases. Enditem