Hepatitis A outbreak in the EU/EEA mostly affecting men who have sex with men


Since June 2016, 1,500 confirmed hepatitis A cases and 2,660 probable or suspected cases have been reported in the EU, predominantly among adult men who have sex with men (MSM). In Ireland, nine cases of hepatitis A have been notified in MSM since the start of 2017. Five of these cases had a history of recent travel outside Ireland, and four were likely to have been infected in Ireland. There is a safe, effective vaccine for hepatitis A. Immunisation is currently recommended for MSM in Ireland.

Further information:
Epi-Insight June 2017 
ECDC Rapid Risk Assessment 3rd update