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24 Oct 2017 description

Main Highlight of the week

PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT OF MONKEY-POX

23 Oct 2017 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 45 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Marburg in Uganda

  • Monkeypox in Nigeria

  • Plague in Madagascar

  • Dengue fever in Burkina Faso

  • Cholera in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Cholera in Tanzania.

20 Oct 2017 description

Highlights
- As of 15 October, the cumulative number of suspected and confirmed cholera cases is 4,936 and 61 deaths, with a Case Fatality Rate 1.2%. Out of the 144 samples taken, 119 (83%) were RDT positive and 107 (74%) were culture positive.
- The first preliminary analysis of impact of the age-target emergency Seasonal Malaria Chemo prevention (SMC) in Borno state so far carried out between week 28 and 38 of 2017 confirmed malaria in U5s decrease by 6.7% in the intervention LGAs, while a seasonal increase of 92.2% in the non-intervention LGAs.

16 Oct 2017 description

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 44 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Wildlife anthrax in Namibia

  • Cholera in Zambia

  • Plague in Madagascar

  • Dengue fever in Burkina Faso

  • Humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

16 Oct 2017 description

ABUJA, 16 October, 2017- The Government of Nigeria has launched a campaign to immunize 873,837 people against yellow fever in the states of Kwara and Kogi.

The ten-day campaign began on Friday (13 October) and mobilizes more than 200 health workers and volunteers. It targets residents aged 9 months to 45 years old.

“This campaign aims to ensure that people living in high-risk areas are protected from yellow fever, and to prevent the disease from spreading to other parts of the country,” said Dr. Wondimagegnehu Alemu, WHO Nigeria Representative.

13 Oct 2017 description

Main Highlight of the week

IDENTIFYING AND DIAGNOSING A SUSPECTED CASE OF MONKEY-POX

11 Oct 2017 description

Case Management of Yellow Fever

In Epi-week 38, active case search for suspected cases of yellow fever continued in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State and parts of Kogi State. Laboratory samples have been collected for testing and confirmation.

This week’s editorial is a second part in the control of yellow fever outbreak series and the focus is on case management of the disease.

09 Oct 2017 description

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 46 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

  • Plague in Madagascar
  • Cholera in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Cholera in Uganda
  • Cholera in north--east Nigeria
  • Hepatitis E in Niger
  • Humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia

05 Oct 2017 description

COMMUNITY MOBILSATION: AN EFFECTIVE TOOL IN OUTBREAK CONTROL

04 Oct 2017 description

Highlights

  • As for the month of September, the cumulative number of suspected and confirmed cholera cases was 4,356 and 59 deaths, with a 1.3% Case Fatality Rate.

  • For the first time in Nigeria, an Oral Cholera Vaccination (OCV) campaign in Borno state concluded last week, and vaccinated 844,000 people in cholera affected LGAs. In addition, the Borno State Ministry of Health confirmed that it would vaccinate with the support of the Health Sector partners the “hotspots” of Ngala, Rann, Banki, Bama and Pulka.

29 Sep 2017 description

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 49 events in the region. This week, one new event has been reported: measles in Liberia. This week’s edition also covers key ongoing events, including:

  • Plague in Madagascar
  • Malaria in Cabo Verde
  • Cholera in Tanzania
  • Cholera in Chad
  • Humanitarian crisis in Cameroon
  • Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan

27 Sep 2017 description

Yellow fever is caused by a virus, which is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected specific type of mosquito.

27 Sep 2017 description

Yellow fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected Aedes or Haemagogus mosquitoes. Yellow Fever transmission is more common in tropical areas, regions with poor sanitation and hygiene practices, and parts of stagnant water (which is a breeding site for mosquitoes). Nigeria falls within the Yellow fever belt.

27 Sep 2017 description

STRENGTHENING SURVEILLANCE FOR YELLOW FEVER

On the 12th of September 2017, a confirmed case of Yellow fever was reported in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara state, Nigeria. This is the first confirmed case of the disease reported in the country in over ten years. Pertinent questions to guide a detailed public health response revolve around early case identification, sensitivity of the surveillance system particularly at points of entry, immunisation coverage for the disease and possible effects of climatic changes on established disease epidemiology.

22 Sep 2017 description

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 46 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

• Cholera in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
• Cholera in Nigeria
• Lassa fever in Nigeria
• Yellow fever in Nigeria
• Measles in Uganda
• Floods/mudslide in Sierra Leone

18 Sep 2017 description

The Hon Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, confirms a case of Yellow Fever in a young girl in Oke Owa Community, Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State. Laboratory diagnosis was carried out at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and confirmed at the Institut Pasteur, Dakar, Senegal on the 12th of September 2017.

15 Sep 2017 description

Overview

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 48 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

• Plague in Madagascar

• Undiagnosed acute jaundice syndrome in Ethiopia

• Humanitarian crisis in Nigeria

• Humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia

• Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan

• Hepatitis E in Chad

• Malaria in Burundi

08 Sep 2017 description

OUTBREAK PREPAREDNESS: THE ROLE OF A RAPID RESPONSE TEAM

Outbreaks and events of public health concern are occurrences that affect the health and well-being of people. With adequate emergency preparedness and response structures in place, outbreaks can be quickly controlled and number of people affected reduced.

01 Sep 2017 description

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE NATIONAL LASSA FEVER AFTER ACTION REVIEW MEETING