12 DEAD IN LASSA FEVER OUTBREAK
As of 5 February, 25 suspected cases of Lassa fever including 12 deaths had been reported in the country. The disease was first detected on 5 January following the death of a patient at a hospital in the central Tchaourou locality. Among other prevention measures, the Government and health partners are registering contacts, have set up isolations units and are stocking up on medication and equipment.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
US$ 9 MILLION FOR URGENT NEEDS RELEASED
The country-based Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) has allocated US$ 9 million for life-saving assistance to internally displaced people (IDPs), returnees, refugees and vulnerable host communities. The funds will support projects responding to urgent needs such as improving access of affected populations to basic services and contribute to reducing violence in and among communities. Projects that include knowledge transfer to national NGOs will be prioritized.
MENINGITIS OUTBREAK KILLS 13 IN NORTHERN REGION
In a meningitis outbreak in the northern Kara region 162 cases were reported as of 6 February, killing 13 people. Medical treatment and sensitization on preventive measures are underway, as a vaccination drive is awaited.
OVER 56,000 NEWLY IDENTIFIED IDPs
More than 56,000 IDPs have been newly identified in 22 different sites in Liwa and Daboua districts in the north of the Lac region. According to a recent inter-cluster assessment, the majority of IDPs settled in the areas in November 2015 after fleeing their homes on Lake Chad islands near the Niger border. Other IDPs were already displaced in June and July 2015 due to Boko Haram attacks as well as large scale military operations. The displaced families so far have received little to no assistance, and humanitarian partners are looking into covering their most urgent needs.
EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE
MOST CONTACTS LEAVE QUARANTINE IN SIERRA LEONE
No new Ebola cases were reported in the week ending 7 February. As of 3 February, only four contacts arising from the mid-January flare-up in Tonkolili district remained in quarantine. In Kambia district, efforts at the chiefdom level to trace missing contacts and search for any missed cases are ongoing.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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