WHO AFRO Outbreaks and other Emergencies, Week 26: 24 – 30 June 2017 Data as reported by 17:00 30 June 2017
This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 41 events: three Grade 3, seven Grade 2, six Grade 1, and twenty five ungraded events.
This week’s edition covers key ongoing events in the region, including the declaration of the end of the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the grade 3 humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria, the grade 2 humanitarian crisis in Cameroon and outbreaks of cholera in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania, and necrotizing cellulitis/ fasciitis in Sao Tome and Principe, and grade 1 outbreaks of cholera in Kenya and Angola.
For each of these events, a brief description followed by public health measures implemented and an interpretation of the situation is provided.
A table is provided at the end of the report with information on all public health events currently being monitored in the region.
Major challenges to be addressed include:
• Enhancing the structures and systems for public health security in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the aftermath of the Ebola virus disease outbreak.
• The current trend of resurgence of cholera outbreaks and other waterborne diseases such as hepatitis E being observed in many African countries in the recent weeks remains a major concern.
Access to safe water and sanitation should be prioritized by all countries as health and development issues.