Annual Epidemiological Report on TB in Europe

Annual Epidemiological Report on TB in Europe


On February 24, 2020, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published an annual report on tuberculosis in Europe. The analysis was based on data for 2017 retrieved from The European Surveillance System (TESSy) on 5 October 2018.

  • Thirty-one EU/EEA countries reported 55 337 TB cases, 10.7 per 100 000 population. The overall notification rate and most country-specific rates continued to fall. However, countries face a number of challenges in reaching the goal to end the TB epidemic.
  • Foreign-origin TB cases accounted for 33% of cases overall. In countries with TB notification rates higher than 10 per 100 000 population, 20% or less of cases were reported as being of foreign origin.
  • Multidrug resistance (MDR) was reported for 4% of cases tested overall and for 11–25% of the cases tested in the Baltic countries. Extensive drug resistance (XDR) was reported for 24% of MDR TB cases that underwent second-line drug susceptibility testing.
  • Treatment success was achieved in 71% of all TB cases, 63% of HIV-coinfected TB cases, 45% of MDR TB cases notified in 2015, and 28% of XDR TB cases notified in 2014.
  • The estimated TB mortality rate in the EU/EEA, excluding HIV deaths in co-infected TB cases, was 0.8 deaths per 100 000 population, with 4 000 estimated deaths overall.


Full report (English):