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Latest Annual Report on Notifiable Diseases in Germany published

RKI’s Infectious Disease Epidemiology Annual Report has been published, providing a summary of notifications of infectious diseases reported to the institute in 2016. As in the previous year, the gastrointestinal diseases – norovirus gastroenteritis, Campylobacter enteritis and rotavirus gastroenteritis, as well as the vaccine-preventable diseases – influenza and chickenpox, were among the five most commonly reported notifiable diseases. Rising case numbers of Campylobacter enteritis, hepatitis E and whooping cough were observed in 2016. For other notifiable diseases, a significant drop in the number of cases was observed over the last few years, not least due to effective infection control measures.


In accordance with the German Protection against Infection Act, the Robert Koch Institute records and analyses data on the occurrence of various infectious diseases in Germany. The results are published each year; an executive summary is also available in English.

Date: 12.07.2017

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What we do

The Robert Koch Institute is the public health institute in Germany. Around 1,080 people including 450 scientists work here. Learn more about the tasks and projects of the institute’s departments and units.

International Activities

International Activities

The Robert Koch Institute is a global health hub. The institute cooperates closely with partner countries and institution from all over the world in order to investigate pathogens, tackle outbreaks, provide reliable diagnostics, train staff and more.

Health reporting

Health reporting

Robert Koch Institute's federal health reporting continuously informs about the health status of people in Germany - in various reports as well as in the Journal of Public Health (available also in English).

Virus Explorer image database

Virus Explorer image database

The Virus Explorer for diagnostic electron microscopy (DEM) is an offline database by RKI containing images of viruses relevant in infectious diseases of humans. It can be used for diagnostic as well as training and teaching purposes.

History of the Robert Koch Institute

History of the Robert Koch Institute

The Robert Koch Institute is one of the oldest bio­medi­cal re­search institutes in the world. Learn more about its his­tory and its first direc­tor, Robert Koch.

German Centre for Cancer Registry Data

German Centre for Cancer Registry Data

The German Centre for Cancer Registry Data at RKI combines, checks and analyses data from the population-based cancer registries of the German federal states.