A yellow fever outbreak was detected in Angola late in December 2015 and confirmed by the Institut Pasteur Dakar (IP-D) on 20 January 2016. Subsequently, a rapid increase in the number of cases has been observed.
As of 4 May 2016, Angola has reported 2149 suspected cases of yellow fever with 277 deaths.
Among those cases, 661 have been laboratory confirmed. Despite vaccination campaigns in Luanda, there is still circulation of the virus in most districts of Luanda and in five additional provinces.
UNHCR reaches 1,200 vulnerable IDPs in Western Bahr al Ghazal – UNHCR provided sanitary pads, blankets and kitchen sets to some 1,200 vulnerable women in Mboro, as part of an inter-agency response to 5,000 internally displaced people from Wau County.
Food security is gradually improving in some urban districts
Market and household stock levels will continue to decline faster than normal through the end of the lean season in July as a result of below-average 2015/16 production. Additionally, Sunday market bans across the country are continuing to limit economic activity.
Although early rice harvests are expected to improve food availability somewhat, most areas of the country will remain in Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity through September 2016.
Since the beginning of 2016, an outbreak of meningitis C has been affecting every region of Niger. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has deployed emergency teams and has been supporting the Ministry of Health to contain the epidemic since January. The number of weekly cases is now decreasing but there are insufficient stocks of vaccine available to protect those at risk in the event of another outbreak of the disease.
Sarah Boseley in Recife
When her son was born with microcephaly linked to the Zika virus, Aline became the latest mother thrust into an interminable cycle of care and rehabilitation
Aline Ferreira’s son wears a blue and white babygrow. Over her shoulder, she carries a cloth to wipe his mouth. She smiles happily, but anyone can see there is something severely wrong with three month-old Luiz. His head seems squashed out of shape, and it flops forward.
Zika virus – Incidence and trends
To date, 38 countries and territories have confirmed local, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus in the Region of the Americas since 2015. Since the last Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Zika Epidemiological Update on 28 April, Grenada, Peru, and Saint Barthélemy have confirmed vector-borne autochthonous transmission of Zika virus.
ISSG representatives agree to a nationwide cessation of hostilities
Relief agencies reach 778,000 people in hard-to-reach and besieged locations since January
Intensified aerial attacks in and around the city of Aleppo cause civilian casualties and damage key infrastructure, including NGO-supported health facilities
• In April, a nationwide cessation of hostilities began and a new round of peace talks started with high hopes for further steps towards the long-waited peace in Yemen. UNICEF and partners welcome the agreement and expanded the humanitarian response in previously active conflict areas namely; Taiz, Sa’ada, Al Jawf, Marib and Al Bayda including education assessment in Taiz and Sa’ada.
Emilio Dirlikov, PhD1,2; Kyle R. Ryff, MPH1; Jomil Torres-Aponte, MS1; Dana L. Thomas, MD1,3; Janice Perez-Padilla, MPH4; Jorge Munoz-Jordan, PhD4; Elba V. Caraballo, PhD4; Myriam Garcia5,6; Marangely Olivero Segarra, MS5,6; Graciela Malave5,6; Regina M. Simeone, MPH7; Carrie K. Shapiro-Mendoza, PhD8; Lourdes Romero Reyes9; Francisco Alvarado-Ramy, MD10; Angela F. Harris, PhD11; Aidsa Rivera, MSN4; Chelsea G. Major, MPH4,12; Marrielle Mayshack1,12; Luisa I. Alvarado, MD13; Audrey Lenhart, PhD14; Miguel Valencia-Prado, MD15; Steve Waterman, MD4; Tyler M.
Quito, 29 April 2016 (PAHO/WHO) – Ecuador is continuing to protect millions of children against polio in the days following the earthquake that struck the country on 16 April. With the support of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), a team from the Ministry of Public Health is continuing implementation of the strategy to switch from the trivalent oral polio vaccine (tOPV) to the new bivalent oral vaccine (bOPV). The process began on Sunday April 17 and will take two weeks.
A la semana epidemiológica N° 16 (del 17 al 23 de abril de 2016) se han notificado un acumulado de 8,882 casos clínicos de dengue y 160 casos sospechosos de dengue grave. En la presente semana 43 municipios notificaron 541 casos de dengue y 8 casos sospechosos de dengue grave.
The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment confirms a new case of Zika in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, bringing the total number of local patients diagnosed with the virus to three.
The patient is a 35 year old female of Bequia.
ST. GEORGE'S, GRENADA, MAY 4, 2016, GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICE (GIS): - The Ministry of Health wishes to advise that Grenada has reported its first laboratory confirmed case of Zika infection.
A 27year-old female non-Grenadian was diagnosed as the island's first, with the mosquito related illness. The case was confirmed today, Wednesday May 4 2016 at midday by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), based in Trinidad.
As of 4 May 2016, 57 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission; for 44 countries this is their first documented Zika virus outbreak (Fig. 1).
Mosquito-borne transmission (Table 1):
44 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos.
13 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.
The Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) related to Ebola in West Africa was lifted on 29 March 2016. A total of 28 616 confirmed, probable and suspected cases have been reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with 11 310 deaths.
A "mild" illness takes off
Amanda Glassman Vice President for Programs and Director of Global Health Policy Center for Global Development
Along with my colleagues at the Center, I have been watching the Ebola epidemic unfold in West Africa and keeping a close eye on the world’s response. As you know, this outbreak was unprecedented in scale and impact. Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea endured a total of more than 28,600 cases of the virus and 11,300 deaths. The disease took a heavy toll not only on families, but also on the health systems and economies of the afflicted countries.
MANILA, 5 MAY 2016 - In the largest synchronized event in the history of vaccines, 155 countries and areas have simultaneously participated in the switch to a new oral polio vaccine (OPV) between 17 April and 1 May. 16 Member States in the Western Pacific Region successfully made the switch.
ACTED et Médecins du Monde-France réhabilitent une Unité de Traitement du Choléra (UTC) à Dame Marie
P-au-P, 04 mai 2016 [AlterPresse] --- Plus de 145 personnalités et organismes au Canada appuient les victimes du choléra en Haïti, dans une lettre ouverte transmise à AlterPresse.
Ces personnalités et organismes expriment leur profonde inquiétude face au refus de l’Organisation des Nations Unies (Onu) de reconnaître pleinement sa responsabilité avérée dans l’introduction de l’épidémie du choléra en Haïti, dans cette lettre adressée le 30 avril au premier ministre canadien, Justin Trudeau.