Preliminary findings indicate nosocomial transmission and Roma population as most affected group in ongoing measles B3 genotype outbreak in Bulgaria, March to August 2017.

Research paper by Anna A Kurchatova, Stefka S Krumova, Nadezhda N Vladimirova, Lubomira L Nikolaeva-Glomb, Asya A Stoyanova, Todor T Kantardjiev, Nina N Gatcheva

Indexed on: 19 Sep '17Published on: 19 Sep '17Published in: Euro surveillance : bulletin Europeen sur les maladies transmissibles = European communicable disease bulletin


From March to August 2017, 165 measles cases were reported from three regions in Bulgaria. The age range was 0-55 years and 66% of the cases were under 9 years. The Roma population was disproportionally affected (89% of cases), 41% cases were unvaccinated and in 24 cases there was nosocomial transmission mostly in paediatric departments. A child under 12 months of age died. Control measures have been taken and the investigation is still ongoing.