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Archive Number: 20130310.1579995
ECDC Annual Report 2012
Date: Thu 8 Mar 2013
Source: Extract from ECDC annual epidemiological report 2012, Vaccine-preventable disease [edited]
Measles epidemiology in the EU continues to deteriorate. In 2010, a national outbreak in Bulgaria accounted for the majority of confirmed cases; in 2011, large increases in cases and outbreaks were reported by several EU countries. The commitment to eliminate indigenous measles and rubella was renewed for 2015 but will not be achieved unless effective interventions to increase vaccine coverage are achieved by several Member States.
Most other vaccine-preventable diseases continued to show either a declining or stable trend in reported incidence of confirmed cases. Mumps case rates appear to be declining from the reported peak in 2010. Confirmed rubella case rates again decreased in 2010, but the burden of disease is hard to assess due to variations in surveillance systems and reporting, and particularly low rates of laboratory confirmation.