WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies, Week 39: 23 – 29 September 2017 (Data as reported by 17:00; 29 September 2017)

Report
from World Health Organization
Published on 29 Sep 2017 View Original

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 49 events in the region. This week, one new event has been reported: measles in Liberia. This week’s edition also covers key ongoing events, including:

  • Plague in Madagascar
  • Malaria in Cabo Verde
  • Cholera in Tanzania
  • Cholera in Chad
  • Humanitarian crisis in Cameroon
  • Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan

  • 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 bulletin with information on all new and ongoing public health events currently being monitored in the region, as well as events that have recently been closed.

Major challenges include:

  • The cholera outbreak in Chad, characterized by a high case fatality rate, calls for urgent multisectoral interventions.

  • The ongoing outbreak of plague in Madagascar, especially the pneumonic form, involving urban centres, remains a concern and requires urgent attention.