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Epidemiological Yearbook of Notifiable Infectious Diseases 2015

Cover: Epidemiological Yearbook of Notifiable Infectious Diseases 2015 - German print edition. Source: RKI

The vaccine-preventable diseases chicken pox (23,000 cases) and whooping cough (9,000 cases) were among the ten most commonly reported notifiable diseases in Germany in 2015. As for measles, a large ongoing outbreak starting in 2014 lead to a total of almost 2,500 cases in 2015; this represents an incidence of 3.1 measles cases per 100,000 people which is still far above the WHO elimination target of < 0.1 per 100,000. On the other side, the declining trend in rotavirus infections has continued, with the most marked changes in children under two – presumably as a consequence of increased uptake of rotavirus vaccination.


These are some of the results published in the Robert Koch Institute’s Epidemiological Yearbook of Notifiable Infectious Diseases 2015. In accordance with the German Protection against Infection Act (Infektionsschutzgesetz, IfSG), the Robert Koch Institute records and analyses data on the occurrence of numerous infectious diseases in Germany. An overview is published each year; more detailed data can be obtained via SurvStat@RKI, an application which allows individual retrieval of data from a limited version of the German notification system database.

Date: 14.07.2016

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