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WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies, Week 49: 2 - 9 December 2017 (Data as reported by 17:00; 9 December 2017)

Situation Report
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This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 50 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Declaration of end of Marburg virus disease outbreak in Uganda
  • Influenza A H1N1 in Ghana
  • Listeriosis in South Africa
  • Cholera in Zambia
  • Dengue fever in Senegal
  • 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 outbreak of listeriosis in South Africa has been insidious and is widespread, affecting all provinces in the country. This event requires meticulous investigations to identify the source of infection.

  • The humanitarian crisis in South Sudan has remained serious, with deteriorating wellbeing of the population. This complex emergency requires concerted efforts by the international community to address the root cause of the conflict and alleviate the suffering of the people.