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05 Sep 2017 description

Event description

WHO was notified of an outbreak of meningitis by the Government of Nigeria on 20 February 2017. The first case was reported in Zamfara state during epidemiology week 50 (December 12-18, 2016). On 23 June 2017, the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health officially declared the end of the 2016/2017 meningitis outbreak in the country. This declaration was made almost 8 weeks after the number of new meningitis cases reported each week during this outbreak fell below the epidemic and alert thresholds in all Local Government Areas.

03 Aug 2017 description


  • As the Hepatitis E Virus (HEV) Outbreak spreads in Niger, on 18 June 2017, an outbreak of HEV / Acute Jaundice Syndrome was confirmed in three local government areas (Mobbar, Monguno and Ngala LGAs) of Borno State. As part of the outbreak response, a Risk Assessment Surveillance and Outbreak was conducted by WHO experts during reporting period.

18 Jul 2017 description


  • The number of cases of Hepatitis E has doubled in Ngala and Damasak; and it has slightly increased in Monguno compared to the previous epidemiological reporting weeks. A total number of 42 blood samples were positive out of 66 (64%).

  • In Ngala camp MSF-Swiss has completed an isolation unit for pregnant women & newborn with Hepatitis-E.

  • UNICEF and FHI-360 clinics are managing the increasing caseload of HEV infected patients. Case management training is planned for clinicians

12 Jul 2017 description

Health advisories for travelers to Saudi Arabia, Hajj, 1438 H

Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is one of the largest and most longstanding annual mass gathering event in the world. Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health has issued Health conditions for travelers to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj) – health requirements and recommendations in connection with performing hajj in 2017 (1438 H)

Editorial note

03 Jul 2017 description


  • 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.

01 Jul 2017 description

Abuja 29 June 2017 - Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole on 28 June 2018, officially declared the Meningitis outbreak over. The declaration was made after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting with the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and all serving ministers at the State House in Abuja.