ECDC – Hepatitis A – Annual Epidemiological Report for 2018

ECDC

In 2018, 30 European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries reported 15 815 cases of hepatitis A, of which 15 677 (99.1%) were confirmed.

Key facts

•In 2018, 30 European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA)countries reported 15 815 cases of hepatitis A, of which 15 677 (99.1%) were confirmed.

•Romania and Spain accounted for 43.5% of all confirmed cases

•The EU/EEA notification rate was 3.0 cases per 100 000 population. Ten EU/EEA countries had a notificationrateofless than one confirmed case per 100 000 population. The countries with the highest notification rates were Bulgaria (19.1 cases per 100 000 population) and Romania (23.2 cases per 100000 population).

•In 2018, a considerable reduction in the number of reported cases and notification rates was observed compared with2017. This is because 2017 was characterised by an unprecedented large and prolongedmulti-countryoutbreak disproportionally affecting men who have sex with men, which mainlysubsided during 2018.

•Similar to previous years (excluding 2017), children between the ages of fiveand 14 years accounted for a large proportion of cases (29%) and the highest notification rate (8.2 cases per 100 000 population).

Click to access HEPA_AER_2018_Report.pdf

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