WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies, Week 42: 14-20 October 2017 (Data as reported by 17:00; 20 October 2017)

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from World Health Organization
Published on 20 Oct 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 45 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Marburg in Uganda

  • Monkeypox in Nigeria

  • Plague in Madagascar

  • Dengue fever in Burkina Faso

  • Cholera in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Cholera in Tanzania.

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 emerging outbreak of dengue fever in Burkina Faso is rapidly spreading and therefore needs to be tackled more aggressively.

An outbreak of Marburg has occurred in Uganda. While the country has ample experience and capacity to respond to viral haemorrhagic fever outbreaks, this event still calls for concerted efforts of all stakeholders.