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Affected countries: Madagascar
Madagascar has been experiencing a measles outbreak since early October 2018. The outbreak started in the urban health district of Antananarivo Renivohitra (in the heart of the capital city, Antanarivo) on 4 October 2018 when three measles cases were confirmed at the Pasteur Institute of Madagascar…
Affected countries: Madagascar
On 19 August 2018, one suspected case of bubonic plague was reported in Ankazobe, Analamanga region. Subsequently, suspected pneumonic and bubonic cases have been reported in endemic and non-endemic areas of Madagascar. From 19 August to 20 September 2018, 15 cases including 5 deaths have been…
Affected countries: Zimbabwe
On 6 September 2018, a cholera outbreak was declared in Harare by the Ministry of Health...after confirmation of 11 cases for cholera on rapid diagnostic test kits and the clinical presentation. (WHO, 7 Sep 2018) Authorities report that the outbreak began on 1 September in Harare and as of that…
Affected countries: Dominican Republic, Haiti
In July 2018, the Ministry of Public Health and Epidemiology reported that the Los Pinos Health Center (La Descubierta, municipality) saw an increase in the number of patients with acute diarrhoeal diseases from surrounding communities, which were suspected to be cases of cholera. In August 2018,…
Affected countries: Somalia
One new case of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) was reported this week from Danyile district, Banadir region. No new cVDPV3 has been reported. The total number of cases is five: two cVDPV2, two cases of cVDPV3 and one case with a co-infection of cVDPV2 and cVDPV3. (WHO,…
Affected countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Government of [DR Congo (DRC)] announced on 1 Aug 2018 that preliminary laboratory results indicate a cluster of cases of Ebola virus in North Kivu province. The announcement was issued little more than a week after the Ministry of Health declared the end of an outbreak in Equateur Province in…
Affected countries: Cameroon
The cholera outbreak in Cameroon, officially declared by the Ministry of Health on 15 July 2018, is steadily declining, after peaking in week 29 with 42 cases. In week 32 (week ending 12 August 2018), four new suspected cholera cases were reported, compared to 21 cases reported in week 31 and 40…
Affected countries: Niger
As of 23 July, 247 cases of cholera, including four deaths, have been registered in the department of Madarounfa, in the southern Maradi region, according to the Ministry of Public Health. The areas of Dan Issa, Gabi, Harounawa, Madeini, Maraka and N’Yelwa are the most affected. A cholera…
Affected countries: Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea (PNG) health authorities have confirmed that the country is experiencing its first polio outbreak in 18 years, after one case of the virus was confirmed in an urban settlement in the country's second largest city...The Department of Health and [WHO] confirmed in a joint…
Affected countries: Chad
Since the start of the year, 400 cases, including 14 deaths, were reported as of 20 May compared to 205 cases and one death over the same period in 2017. Three districts have reached the epidemic threshold. (OCHA, 28 May 2018) A measles outbreak has been declared on 30 May in five districts of…
Affected countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Government of the [DRC] declared a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Bikoro in Equateur Province today...The outbreak declaration occurred after laboratory results confirmed two cases of EVD. (WHO, 8 May 2018) From 4 April through 9 May 2018, a total of 32 [EVD] cases (among which…
Affected countries: Fiji
The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has declared an outbreak of meningococcal disease in Fiji. Over recent years, Fiji has seen an increase in cases. Prior to 2016, an average of one to 10 cases per year was reported. In 2016 there were 29 cases, and in 2017 there were 48 cases. In 2018,…
Affected countries: Uganda
On 23 February 2018, the Uganda Ministry of Health notified WHO of an outbreak of cholera in Kyangwali refugee settlement, located in Hoima district in the western part of the country. The outbreak started on 15 February 2018...As of 23 February 2018, a total of 700 suspected cholera cases,…
Affected countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo
On 13 February 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) declared the ongoing outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus in the country a national public health emergency. A total of 21 children presenting with typical acute accid paralysis (AFP) tested…
Affected countries: Bangladesh
Diphtheria is rapidly spreading among Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, the WHO warned. More than 110 suspected cases, including 6 deaths, have been clinically diagnosed by health partners, including Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and IFRC. (WHO, 6 Dec 2017) The Government of…
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: Kiribati
The World Health Organization reported that a dengue serotype-2 outbreak is ongoing in Samoa (WHO, 5 Nov 2017). The Government of Samoa later confirmed that the outbreak was detected in October 2017, estimating a cumulative total of four dengue-related deaths; 1,522 clinical and confirmed cases;…
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…