WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies, Week 24: 10 - 16 June 2017 (Data as reported by 17:00, 16 June 2017)
This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 40 events: three Grade 3, seven Grade 2, five Grade 1, and 25 ungraded events.
This week’s edition covers key ongoing events in the region, including the grade 3 humanitarian crises in South Sudan, Nigeria and Ethiopia, the grade 2 outbreaks of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo and cholera in Tanzania, the Grade 1 outbreak of hepatitis E in Chad, dengue haemorrhagic fever outbreak in Mauritania, and circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
For each of these events, a brief description followed by public health measures implemented and an interpretation of the situation is provided.
A table is provided at the end of the report with information on all public health events currently being monitored in the region.
Major challenges to be addressed include:
- Ensuring a functional public health surveillance system in the context of the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR).
- Intensifying water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions as a premise to control the ongoing water-borne diseases outbreaks including acute watery diarrhoea, cholera, and hepatitis E.