In a follow-up on the hepatitis A outbreak in Europe, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reports an additional 387 new confirmed cases of hepatitis A from 10 countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom) since Feb. 24.
In total, 674 confirmed cases have been reported as associated with these outbreaks since 1 June 2016. Of the 665 cases with available information on gender, 531 (95%) are in males; of the 622 of these with available information on age, 558 (90%) are between 18 and 50 years of age. The majority of the cases with available information on sexual orientation (n=353 – 83%) are men who have sex with men (MSM).
The largest number of reported cases is associated with cluster VRD_521_2016 (n=336), which was first reported by the UK in December 2016.
A total of 286 cases are associated with the cluster RIVM-HAV16-090, which was first reported by the Netherlands in October 2016.
Seventy cases are associated with the cluster V16-25801, which was first reported by Germany in January 2017.
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