FIRST CASE OF MICROCEPHALY REPORTED
On 15 March, the national health director reported the first case of microcephaly in a new-born with probable relationship to Zika virus. The case was identified on 14 March in the capital city, Praia. WHO was immediately notified in compliance with the International Health Regulations. On 11 February, the Ministry of Health announced that 40 pregnant women suspected of Zika virus infection are being closely monitored. Zika epidemic in Cabo Verde was officially declared on 22 October 2015. As of 6 March, 7,500 suspected cases had been registered.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
MENINGITIS OUTBREAK KILLS 24
An outbreak of meningitis since January in the northern Ouham Province has killed 24 people and infected 90 others, the Health Ministry announced on 16 March. MSF will lead an investigation mission to identify the extent of the epidemic and consider vaccination.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE ASSESSMENT COMPLETED
On 18 March, a 23-member team completed a ten-day assessment of national capacity on Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Preparedness and Response. The multi- disciplinary team was composed of Government officials from key entities, UN agencies, UNDAC and EU civil Protection experts, Red Cross and NGOs. Over 80 structures or services were visited in the capital Conakry as well as N’zérékoré, Kankan and Mamou regions.
ATTACKS TARGET SECURITY FORCES
Armed men on 16 March shot dead three gendarmes and injured a civilian near the border with Mali. The following day, four suicide bombers hit a military convoy in the southern Bosso region, killing the local military commander and injuring two others. Separately, run-off presidential election was held on 20 March. President Mahamadou Issoufou is expected to be re-elected after the opposition boycotted the vote.
IDP RELOCATION BUDGET APPROVED
The Senate on 15 March approved US$50 million for the relocation, rehabilitation and resettlement of internally displaced persons in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states - the worst-affected by Boko Haram violence.
EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE
NEW CASES EMERGE IN GUINEA
Ebola has re-emerged in Guinea. As of 21 March, three confirmed, three probable and one suspected cases were reported in the south-eastern N’zérékoré Prefecture. Five patients have since died. So far 961 contacts from 181 households have been identified. Among them 120 are high-risk. Guinea’s latest flare-up was confirmed on 17 March, just hours after Sierra Leone was declared free of the virus. Liberia has closed its border with Guinea.
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