Key facts • For 2017, no cases of plague were reported by EU/EEA countries.
This report is based on data for 2017 retrieved from The European Surveillance System (TESSy) on 10 December 2018. TESSy is a system for the collection, analysis and dissemination of data on communicable diseases.
For a detailed description of methods used to produce this report, refer to the Methods chapter .
An overview of the national surveillance systems is available online .
A subset of the data used for this report is available through ECDC’s online Surveillance atlas of infectious diseases.
For 2017, 30 EU/EEA countries reported case-based plague data (Liechtenstein did not report). Twenty-five countries used the EU case definition, three (Denmark, Germany and Italy) used an alternative case definition and two (Finland and France) did not specify the case definition they used. Surveillance is compulsory in 28 EU/EEA countries (non-specified in Belgium and the United Kingdom), comprehensive and mostly passive.
For 2017, no cases of plague were reported by EU/EEA countries. Autochthonous plague has not occurred in Europe for several decades.