ECDC publishes annual report on Legionnaires’ disease for 2020

17 May 2022

Article: 56/1907

On 10 May 2022, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published its annual epidemiological report on Legionnaires' disease for 2020 in Europe.

In a summary of the report's major points:

  • The overall notification report decreased from 2.2 to 1.9 cases per 100,000 of the population from 2019.
  • Notification rates remained heterogenous across the EU and EEA, varying from fewer than 0.5 up to 5.7 cases per 100,000 of the population, with the highest rate reported by Slovenia.
  • France, Germany, Italy and Spain accounted for 72% of all notified cases.
  • Males aged 65 years and older were most affected, with 7.1 cases per 100,000 of the population.
  • The number of reported cases to the travel-associated surveillance scheme decreased by 67% compared with 2019.
  • Only 10% of cases were culture confirmed, possibly leading to underestimation of disease caused by Legionella species other than Legionella pneumophila. 

Source: ECDC, 10 May 2022