WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies, Week 45: 04 - 10 November 2017 (Data as reported by 17:00; 10 November 2017)

Report
from World Health Organization
Published on 10 Nov 2017 View Original

Overview

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 46 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

Plague in Madagascar

Marburg virus disease in Uganda

Cholera in Tanzania

Cholera in north-east Nigeria

Necrotizing cellulitis/fasciitis in São Tomé and Príncipe

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:

While progress has been made to control the outbreak of plague in Madagascar, the possibility of future flare-ups cannot be ruled out.
Sustaining ongoing response operations remains critical, calling for additional funding support.

The continuous propagation of cholera in Tanzania mainland, going on for over two years, remains a concern. This cholera outbreak needs to be brought to a halt.