CDC/ACIP [to 5 May 2018]
MMWR News Synopsis for May 3, 2018
Progress Toward Measles Elimination – Western Pacific Region, 2013-2017
2017 saw the lowest rate of new measles cases ever recorded in the WHO Western Pacific Region, 5.2 per million population. However, outbreaks in several countries and an overall increase in cases between 2013 and 2016 indicate countries must continue to strengthen immunization systems, maintain high-quality surveillance, and improve outbreak response in order to achieve regional measles elimination. In 2017, rates of new measles cases in the WHO Western Pacific Region were lower than they have ever been, but recent outbreaks and a rise in cases shows more work needs to be done to completely eliminate the disease from the region. Measles cases decreased substantially in the WHO Western Pacific Region to a low of 5.9 per million population in 2012. During 2013–2016, however, measles cases rose sharply due to large-scale outbreaks in Mongolia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. There was also increased measles transmission in China. Cases rose from 19.2 cases per million population in 2013 to 68.9 in 2014. After controlling the outbreaks, cases in the region decreased to 5.2 per million in 2017, a new historic low. The recent measles resurgence demonstrates a need for collective efforts by countries to achieve high population immunity, strengthen immunization systems, maintain high-quality surveillance, and improve outbreak preparedness and response, so that measles can be eliminated from the region.
Register for upcoming June ACIP meeting
June 20-21, 2018
Deadline for registration:
Non-US Citizens: May 16, 2018
US Citizens: June 11, 2018
Registration is NOT required to watch the live meeting webcast or to listen via telephone.
ECDC – European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control [to 5 May 2018]
27 Apr 2018
Communicable disease threats report, 29 April – 5 May 2018, Week 18
Publication series: Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR)
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 22-5 May 2018 and includes updates on dengue, chikungunya, seasonal influenza, yellow fever, gonorrhoea and cholera.