Over the 8 week period, from October 16 to December 10, the 5 most frequently reported diseases/syndromes were: unexplained fever (98 523 cases, 15.9%), acute respiratory infection (68 769 cases, 11.1%, with higher incidence rate among children less than 5 years old), acute watery diarrhoea (65 092 cases, 10.5%), and skin diseases (28 693 cases, 4.6%, with similar numbers of reported cases among both children aged under 5 and individuals aged 5 years and older).
1. Population under Epidemiological Surveillance and Reporting Units
During epidemiological week 48 (26 November-2 December 2017), there was a 0.1% decrease in the population1 under EWARS compared to the previous epidemiological week (from 827,609 to 827,181). Overall, the settlement populations remained more or less stable.
1. Overview of the Early Warning and Response System (EWARS)
The World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHWF) established a disease early warning and response system (EWARS) in Cox’s Bazar district, Chittagong division in Bangladesh as a response to the influx of Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals (FDMN) in early September 2017.
Bangladesh and Myanmar signed ‘Arrangement’ on Return of displaced Myanmar persons sheltered in Bangladesh on 23 November 2017 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali MP signed the bilateral instrument andU Kyaw Tint Swe, Union Minister signed the instrument on behalf of the respective governments at the State Counsellor’s Office on 23 November at 2 PM.