WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies, Week 50: 10 - 15 December 2017 (Data as reported by 17:00; 15 December 2017)

Report
from World Health Organization
Published on 15 Dec 2017

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’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

Influenza A H1N1 pdm09 in Ghana Listeriosis in South Africa
Plague in Madagascar
Cholera in Zambia
Cholera in Tanzania
Humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

  • 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 flare-up of cholera in Zambia and the resurgence of the disease in Tanzania are concerning. Additionally, the high cholera case fatality rates being observed in Zambia, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo require urgent attention.
    The humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to deteriorate. The forecast for 2018 indicates that over 13 million people will require humanitarian assistance. This complex emergency requires concerted efforts by the international community to address the root cause of the con ict and alleviate the suffering of the people.