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16 Mar 2019 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period from 10-16 March 2019 and includes updates on poliomyelitis, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), Ebola virus disease, influenza, Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Rift Valley fever.

13 Mar 2019 description

Poursuite des opérations de lutte le long de la côte de la mer Rouge

La situation relative au Criquet pèlerin est restée préoccupante durant la majeure partie de février le long des deux rives de la mer Rouge avec la poursuite de la reproduction de la deuxième génération en Égypte, au Soudan, en Érythrée et en Arabie saoudite, entraînant la formation de nouveaux groupes de larves et d’ailés, ainsi que de bandes et d’essaims. Les opérations de lutte se sont poursuivies dans tous les pays, avec 80 000 ha traités.

07 Mar 2019 description

ICRC (Kuwait / Muscat) – The ICRC is running its annual war surgery course in Muscat, to train Omani surgeons and health professionals on the management of war wounded patients. The seminar, organized jointly by the ICRC and the Ministry of Health from 4 to 7 March, brought together over 80 Omani surgeons and health professionals representing various health care institutions from the Ministry of Health, Royal Oman Police, Armed Forces, Emergency Ambulance Services, and Civil Defense staff.

04 Mar 2019 description

General situation during February 2019

Forecast until mid-April 2019

Control operations continue along the Red Sea coast

27 Feb 2019 description
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The killing of Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces in Gaza and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a Saudi Arabian consulate glaringly illustrated the unaccountability of Middle Eastern and North African states that resorted to lethal and other violence to repress dissent.

20 Feb 2019 description

Current major event

Knowledge gaps: Multiple drug-resistant typhoid fever in Pakistan

Cases of multiple drug-resistant Salmonella typhoid (MDR S. Typhi) fever continue to report from Pakistan. Between November 2016 to February 2019, a total of 5 853 MDR typhoid fever cases were reported from different districts of Sindh province. Currently, there are a number of knowledge gaps which is hindering effective control of this out-break.

Editorial note

13 Feb 2019 description

MERS cluster in Oman

During the month of January 2019, the Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman reported a cluster of five cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) infection from the North Batinah Governorate. Two cases from this cluster were fatal.

Editorial note

08 Feb 2019 description

Formation et migration d’essaims dans la Région centrale

Une résurgence du Criquet pèlerin est en cours sur les plaines côtières du Soudan et de l’Érythrée, où un nombre croissant de groupes, de bandes et d’essaims se sont formés en janvier suite à une deuxième reproduction.

07 Feb 2019 description

Protracted complex emergencies and natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2009 and FY 2018, USAID’s Office of U.S.

06 Feb 2019 description

Swarms form and migrate in Central Region

A Desert Locust outbreak is in progress on the Red Sea coastal plains of Sudan and Eritrea where an increasing number of groups, bands and swarms formed during January as a result of a second generation of breeding.

04 Feb 2019 description

General situation during January 2019

Forecast until mid-March 2019

Swarms form in the Central Region

04 Feb 2019 description

Current major event

Dengue fever in Oman

The Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman reported an outbreak of dengue fever, which started during second week of December 2018, and till 12th January 2019, a total of 48 dengue fever cases were reported and these cases are probably the first locally-acquired dengue fever cases ever reported from Oman.

Editorial note

16 Jan 2019 description

Situation générale en décembre 2018

Prévision jusqu'à mi-février 2019

Une résurgence du Criquet pèlerin se développe au Soudan et en Érythrée

09 Jan 2019 description

General situation during November 2018

Forecast until mid-January 2019

Desert Locust outbreak develops in Sudan and Eritrea

Favourable ecological conditions and extensive breeding caused a Desert Locust outbreak to develop in the winter breeding areas along the Red Sea coast in Sudan and Eritrea during December.

06 Jan 2019 description

Current major event

One health framework in Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR)

On 12th December 2018, an expert meeting on one health framework for action on emerging zoonotic infections was held in Amman, Jordan. The meeting, organized by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Eastern Mediterranean (WHO EMRO), reviewed the framework in the light of improving efficient and coordinated multisectoral “one health” approach among human health, animal and environment sectors to prevent, detect and respond to emerging zoonotic infection.

12 Dec 2018 description

Spotlight on Progress

While much remains to be done in the Arab States region to better address all forms of modern slavery, some positive steps are being taken. Most notably, after several years of persistent lobbying from international rights groups and worker’s unions, the Government of Qatar has pledged a series of labour reforms to improve the treatment of migrant workers there.

10 Dec 2018 description

Déplacement de criquets vers les zones de reproduction hivernale

La situation relative au Criquet pèlerin reste calme dans tous les pays.

05 Dec 2018 description

by Jack Durrell

Executive Summary

Climate change threatens the viability of agriculture, ecosystems, and rural livelihoods in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In a region where agriculture is a critical source of employment and income, environmental degradation, and declining and more variable productivity, could potentially cause significant displacements, posing challenges in a region already beset by instability.

05 Dec 2018 description

5 December 2018, Cairo, Egypt – Seven countries from the Eastern Mediterranean Region are participating in a simulation exercise for a global pandemic which started on 4 December. The exercise is coordinated by the World Health Organization’s Global Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and the EOC Network, a global network of health emergency operations centres.