On January 2018 the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported a large increase in hepatitis A infections in 2017 compared with previous years. These infections mostly affected men who have sex with men (MSM).
Since 29 September 2017, 22 countries (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) reported 950 cases associated with this outbreak. The outbreak total from June 2016 to 22 December 2017 is 3 813 cases.
The total number of hepatitis A cases between January and November 2017 is 15 040, from 24 European countries. This an almost a 3.6-fold increase compared with the same period between 2012 and 2015.
Vaccination should be considered under the following circumstances and is dependent on the individual risk assessment
For further information see Hepatitis A.