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Rohingya Refugee Crisis - WHO Bangladesh Weekly Situation Report #17, 13 March 2018

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of 10 March 2018, a total of 6 132 suspected cases of diphtheria have been reported.

  • The third round of 13-day Diphtheria campaign started on 10 March.

  • There is an increase in the number of reported cases of acute jaundice syndrome relative to previous weeks.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

Since 25 August 2017, an estimated 671 000 Rohingya have crossed over from Myanmar into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, joining approximately 212 000 others who had fled in earlier waves of displacement. The decrease is not a result of population return, but rather the use by IOM’s Needs and Population Monitoring (NPM) assessment of a more detailed and accurate methodology to estimate total population figures. There were 801 new arrivals from 1-9 February. As of 5 March 2018, over 589 000 arrivals are in Kutupalong expansion site, 185 000 in other camps and settlements, and 110 000 arrivals in host communities, impacting the already congested health response. Pre-existing camps and settlements as well as new spontaneous settlements have expanded with the new influx.