WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies, Week 18: 29 April - 5 May 2017 (Data as reported by 17:00, 5 May 2017)

Report
from World Health Organization
Published on 05 May 2017 View Original

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 45 events: three Grade 3, six Grade 2, two Grade 1, and 34 ungraded events.

This week, one new event has been reported: a suspected outbreak of anthrax in Guinea. The bulletin also focuses on key ongoing events in the region, including the grade 3 humanitarian crises in Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Sudan, as well as outbreaks of hepatitis E in Chad, monkeypox in Congo and the undiagnosed illness in Liberia.

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 public health events currently being monitored in the region.

Major challenges to be addressed include:

  • Confirmation of the aetiology of acute public health events in a timely manner in order to inform appropriate public health interventions.
  • Systematic and standardized documentation and reporting on public health events taking place in countries.