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Affected countries: Bangladesh
Diphtheria is rapidly spreading among Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, WHO warned on 6 December 2017. More than 110 suspected cases, including 6 deaths, have been clinically diagnosed by health partners, including [MSF] and [IFRC]. (WHO, 6 Dec 2017) The Government of Bangladesh,…
Affected countries: Yemen
Diphtheria is making an alarming comeback in the war torn country, with 189 clinically diagnosed cases and 20 deaths – mostly children and young adults – in the last three months. Most diphtheria cases and deaths have been reported in Ibb governorate but the outbreak is spreading fast, already…
Affected countries: Zambia
On 6 October 2017, the Minister of Health declared an outbreak of cholera in the Zambian capital, Lusaka. From 28 September through 7 December 2017, 547 cases including 15 deaths (case fatality rate = 1.8%), have been reported since the beginning of the outbreak. The initial outbreak period was…
Affected countries: Burkina Faso
Following an outbreak in late 2016, Burkina Faso experienced sporadic cases of dengue fever at the beginning of the year until week 10 of 2017, when cases eventually ceased. However, from week 31 (week ending 6 August 2017), there has been a dramatic increase in the incidence of dengue fever in the…
Affected countries: Nigeria
On 15 September 2017, the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health notified WHO of a confirmed yellow fever case in Ifelodun Local Government Area (LGA), Kwara State...Based on the available information, the likelihood of further spread among the local population is moderate. As the affected area is over…
Affected countries: Madagascar
On 13 September 2017, the WHO was notified of an outbreak of pulmonary plague in Madagascar. The outbreak was detected on 11 September 2017. As of 14 September 2017, a total of 28 cases, including five deaths (case fatality rate 17.8%) have been reported since the initial case was detected on 27…
Affected countries: Pakistan
The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination in Pakistan has recently reported a high number of dengue fever cases in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK). A total of 1,279 laboratory confirmed cases were reported during the months of July and August 2017. (WHO, 3 Sep…
Affected countries: Papua New Guinea
On 23 August 2017, the first case of measles was reported in the Vanimo Green District (VGD) of West Sepik Province in North-West Papua New Guinea (PNG), near the border with Indonesia. As of 31 October, 57 cases have been reported, with eight having been confirmed by laboratory tests, and two…
Affected countries: Chad
On 15 August 2017, the Ministry of Health of Chad notified WHO of a suspected cholera outbreak in Koukou District, Sila Region in the south-east of the country (bordering Sudan). The outbreak first emerged on 14-15 August 2017 when the local health facility (Tioro Health Centre) reported a cluster…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
There is an increase in the number of dengue cases in Sri Lanka this year. Since January until 7 July 2017, as many as 82,543 dengue cases, including 250 deaths, have been reported by the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine. The number of cases this year is three-and-a-half times…
Affected countries: Sudan
A cholera outbreak that started in Blue Nile state in August 2016 began to spread rapidly as of April this year. Conservative estimates suggest a minimum of between 15,000-23,000 people infected, with 280-820 deaths. It is currently affecting Gedarif, White Nile, Khartoum, Sennar, River Nile, North…
Affected countries: Nigeria
On 18 June 2017, the Nigerian Ministry of Health notified [WHO] of an outbreak of hepatitis E located in the north-east region of the country. The first case was detected on 3 May 2017 in Damasak, a locality at the border with the Republic of the Niger...As of 2 July 2017, 146 confirmed and…
Affected countries: Syrian Arab Republic
A circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) outbreak has been confirmed in the Deir-Ez-Zor Governorate of the Syrian Arab Republic. The virus strain was isolated from two cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP), with onset of paralysis on 5 March and 6 May, as well as from a healthy…
Affected countries: Nigeria
On 7 June 2017, the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health notified WHO of an outbreak of cholera in Kwara State in the western part of the country. The initial cases of acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) started insidiously during the last week of April 2017. Seven stool samples obtained from the initial…
Affected countries: Ethiopia
In Ethiopia, 348 cases had been confirmed and 40 outbreaks reported in Addis Ababa, Afar, Amhara, Oromia, Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples, Somali and Tigray regions, as of 31 March 2017. The majority of the cases (39 per cent) have occurred among children under five years. Although not…
Affected countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo
On 11 May, the Ministry of Health of the DRC informed WHO that of five laboratory samples tested, one tested positive for Ebola virus at the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) laboratory in Kinshasa. (WHO, 12 May 2017) On 24 May, WHO issued a donor alert, requesting US$10.5M for…
Affected countries: Tajikistan
The measles epidemic in Tajikistan started in April 2017 gradually spreading out of Rudaki district to the capital city of Dushanbe and the surrounding districts as well as Khatlon oblast. In mid-April 2017, 263 registered cases of measles were reported, out of which 157 were laboratory confirmed…
Affected countries: Niger
The Ministry of Health on 19 April declared an outbreak of Hepatitis E that has killed 25 among 86 infected people. Medical assistance and preventive measures are ongoing to curb the disease which is mostly transmitted through contaminated water. (OCHA, 24 Apr 2017) The current outbreak in Niger…
Affected countries: Niger
On 29 March, the Government of Niger declared a meningitis epidemic in three health centers of the Niamey II health district. Six health districts are in alert in the regions of Tillabéry, Dosso and Tahoua. The Ministry of Health launched a vaccination campaign on 06 April 2017, exclusively in…
Affected countries: Nigeria
As of 19 March 2017, a total of 1,407 suspected cases of meningitis and 211 deaths have been reported from 40 local government areas in five states of Nigeria since December 2016. Zamfara, Katsina and Sokoto account for 89% of these cases. (WHO, 24 Mar 2017) As at April 3, 2017, a total of 2,997…