WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies, Week 43: 21 - 27 October 2017 (Data as reported by 17:00; 27 October 2017)

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from World Health Organization
Published on 27 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 44 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

  • Marburg virus disease in Uganda

  • Plague in Madagascar

  • Malaria in Cabo Verde

  • Dengue fever in Côte d’Ivoire

  • Cholera in Zambia

  • Cholera in north-east Nigeria.

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 outbreak of Marburg virus disease occurring in remote districts in eastern Uganda requires concerted efforts of the national authorities and partners to prevent further spread.

  • Local transmission of malaria infections in Cabo Verde continues despite ongoing interventions. The continuous propagation of indigenous malaria in the low-malaria-transmission island country is concerning and needs to be brought under control.