Nigeria + 16 more

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

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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.