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.

European Union/CIA
European Union/CIA

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.