According to the fifth annual report on Legionnaires’ disease (LD) surveillance data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control ( ECDC), there was no surge in Legionnaires’ disease cases in Europe in 2013. 5,851 cases were reported, or 11.4 cases per 1 million people which is “well within the range observed in the past five years.”
France, Italy, Spain, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands are the only countries that have continuously reported Legionnaires’ disease cases. This is concerning because theses six countries only represent two-thirds of European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
According to Birgitta de Jong, a senior expert on respiratory diseases and group leader for EU preparedness at ECDC, “Legionnaires’ disease remains an important cause of potentially preventable morbidity and mortality in Europe. Priority should be given to assisting countries with notification rates below one per million inhabitants to improve clinical awareness, laboratory diagnosis and reporting of Legionnaires’ disease.”
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