The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has published its annual epidemiological report concerning shigellosis. In 2017, 6,337 confirmed cases of shigellosis were reported in 20 EU/EAA countries. The overall notification rate was 1.7 cases per 100,000 of the population, slightly higher than in 2016. The highest notification rate was observed in children below five years of age, followed by male adults aged 25 to 44 years. Sexual transmission of shigellosis among men who have sex with men (MSM) is thought to have contributed to the gender imbalance in the latter group.
Source: ECDC, 10 September 2020