Epidemic

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Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin - Disease early warning system and response in Pakistan, Volume 5, Issue 14, Wednesday 9 April 2014

Epidemiological week no. 14 (30 Mar to 5 Apr 2014)

• Dengue fever: During this week, no Dengue fever lab confirmed cases have been reported from any province.

• In this week, 77 out of 87 districts and 2,448 out of 2,700 health facilities have reported to Disease Early Warning System (DEWS), compared to 82 districts with 2,592 health facilities shared weekly data in week 13, 2014 to the DEWS.

• Total 846,666 patients consultations reported in week 14, 2014 compare to 960,672 consultations in week 13, 2014.

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Experimental drug offers promise in fight against measles

04/16/2014 22:18 GMT

by Jean-Louis SANTINI

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 (AFP) - An experimental antiviral drug taken orally could help contribute to the eradication of measles, an infection responsible for thousands of deaths per year, scientists said in a report Wednesday.

The drug, so far tested on animals, has been effective on a virus closely related to the one that causes measles, having reduced virus levels and prevented death.

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Liberia + 1 other
UNICEF-Liberia Ebola Outbreak: SitRep #16, 16 April 2014

Key Points

 One additional suspected case of Ebola was reported in Saclapea, Nimba County, raising the total number of suspected, probable and confirmed Ebola cases to 27, including 13 Ebola-related deaths, for a case fatality rate of 48%.

 The total number of confirmed Ebola cases stands at six.

 Foya, Lofa County, remains the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak. However, suspected, probable and confirmed Ebola cases have been reported in Lofa (10), Margibi (6), Bong (5), Nimba (4), Montserrado (1) and Grand Cape Mount (1) Counties.

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UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #18, 14 April 2014

Highlights

 Over 3.7 million people in the country, including almost 740,000 children under five, are at high risk of food insecurity. Malnutrition rates are also on the rise, with partners estimating that the lives of as many as 50,000 children could be at risk unless nutrition programmes are urgently funded and scaled up.

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Bulletin humanitaire provincial : Province du Sud-Kivu, RD Congo - Mars 2014

FAITS SAILLANTS

  • Au 31 mars 2014, 518 201 personnes étaient en situation de déplacement au Sud-Kivu

  • Plus de 4 000 familles retournées ont été assistées, des ressources manquent pour plus de 10 000 autres

  • Le choléra nécessite des solutions durables au-delà des efforts de la communauté humanitaire

  • Le manque de ressources limite la réponse aux besoins humanitaires multiples et croissants

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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World + 21 others
CERF Quarterly Update - January - March 2014

The largest allocations were provided to address critical needs in CAR and South Sudan. The donor community has contributed $220.7 million to CERF so far for 2014, one of the largest amounts since its launch in 2006.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Chad + 3 others
Millions of children to be vaccinated against polio in Chad

By Nadim Boughanmi

N’Djamena, 16th April 2014 – This year’s second national immunization campaign against polio was launched Friday in the capital city of N’Djamena by Chadian health authorities, alongside representatives of lead UN operating agencies UNICEF and WHO. International funding partners such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation were also present at the launch.

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Vaccinating all children across Syria remains a challenge

By Viviene Tou’meh, Syrian Arab Red Crescent

There were humanitarian issues in al-Hasakah governorate even before the conflict broke out in Syria. After three years of fighting, the situation is dire. Drought, severe winter conditions and low temperatures only make matters worse. One resident said that resources were hard to come by. “Last year, we cut the trees in order to warm ourselves and all the roads from al-Raqqah. Deir Ezzor and Aleppo were cut off causing a rise in food prices and a lack of fuel.”

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Bulletin d'Information Humanitaire - Province du Katanga N° 13/14, 16 April 2014

Faits saillants

  • Kalemie : Près de 4 000 déplacés venus de Fizi, dans le Sud Kivu
  • 14 000 sans-abris à Bukama suite aux inondations
  • Le Katanga a bénéficié de 1,6 millions USD de l’UNICEF pour la réponse au choléra.
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Australia + 1 other
Three contract dengue fever at Nauru detention centre

Australia's Immigration Minister confirms three people at the Nauru detention centre have dengue fever.

Australia's Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed three people at the government's offshore processing centre on Nauru have dengue fever.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the minister said two asylum seekers and a staff member have contracted the disease.

None of those affected were pregnant women.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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Pakistan + 1 other
Polio virus from Afghanistan found in Peshawar water

PESHAWAR/MARDAN: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Minister Sharam Khan Tarakai said on Sunday that polio virus from Afghanistan had been found in water samples in Peshawar and they had requested the federal government to ask the neighbouring country to take emergency steps to stop transportation of virus to the city which had recently been cleared of poliovirus.

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Donors commended for response to national dengue cases

The Minister for Health, Dr Neil Sharma this week acknowledged and thanked various donor agencies for their support and assistance towards the Fijian Government’s response to recent dengue fever cases.

“I would like to thank you for your support in whatever form it has been and we look forward to your continued assistance so that our midterm and long term arrangements could be that people receive a better quality of life in Fiji and region”, Minister Sharma told representatives from various agencies including diplomats.

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Outbreak of chikungunya virus affects 10,000 people in Tonga

Tongan health authorities say there's been an outbreak of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus affecting more than 10,000 people across the country.

It's the first time Tonga has had an outbreak of the virus, which causes acute fever and joint pain.

The director of Tonga's ministry of health Dr Siale Akau'ola is urging people to take the necessary precautions.

"Clearly with the quick spread it means that the mosquitos are still around," he told Pacific Beat.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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Salud confirma 1.800 casos positivos de dengue y moviliza a 300 técnicos para su prevención

La Paz, 15 abr (ABI).- El viceministro de Salud, Martín Maturano, confirmó el martes 1.800 casos positivos de dengue en los departamentos de Santa Cruz, Beni y el norte de La Paz, y anunció que se movilizaron al menos 300 técnicos para trabajar en la prevención.

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MERS claims first victim in Yemen

Report
Yemen Times

Published on 15 April 2014 in News
Sina Khalid (author)

SANA’A, April 14—A Yemeni citizen died in Sana’a on Monday, one day after he was diagnosed with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), according to Deputy Health Minsiter Nasser Ba’awn.

“Medical staff have recorded a case infected with the coronavirus in Sana’a. The victim is a Yemeni aeronautics engineer,” the state-run Al-Thawra Newspaper quoted Health Minister Ahmed Al-Ansi as saying on Sunday.

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Guinea + 3 others
Taking preventive action to stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Ebola virus disease, a highly infectious and deadly disease, continues to claim lives in West Africa. As of 9 April, Guinea has counted close to 160 suspected cases with 101 deaths. The virus which surfaced in rural Guinea and then spread to Conakry, the capital, has now also reached neighbouring Liberia, where five fatalities have been recorded. In Mali, health officials are investigating suspected cases of Ebola.

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Cameroon + 2 others
UNICEF Cameroon Humanitarian Situation Report, March 31, 2014

Highlights

UNICEF continues to be engaged in providing humanitarian response in four regions of Cameroon – Far North, North, Adamoua and East – which have been facing recurring emergencies such as increased food insecurity after the dry season, widespread epidemics like Cholera and Meningitis, and floods), and the continued influx of refugees from CAR and Nigeria.

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Mali + 3 others
Aucun cas de fièvre Ebola confirmé au Mali après des analyses (gouvernement)

04/15/2014 15:48 GMT

BAMAKO, 15 avril 2014 (AFP) - Les analyses effectuées en laboratoire sur dix échantillons de cas suspects de fièvre hémorragique au Mali ont exclu la présence du virus Ebola dans ce pays, où aucun nouveau cas suspect n'a été enregistré, a affirmé mardi le gouvernement malien.

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