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OPT: Epidemiological bulletin for Gaza Strip vol 1, issue 12

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Epidemiological weeks 32-35 of 2009 N. of Reporting Units 17/17 Population under surveillance 869 375

− The number of people under surveillance for this reporting period is 869,375 out of 1,073,303 (81%) Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA in the Gaza Strip. This number corresponds to beneficiaries accessing UNRWA health services in 2008;

− The reporting completeness for epiweeks 32-35 of 2009 was 100%;

− The number of consultations in the period 32-35 weeks shows a stationary trend with minor fluctuations.

− Watery diarrhoea as well as acute bloody diarrhoea and viral hepatitis remain the major causes of morbidity among reportable infectious diseases in the refugee population of the Gaza Strip. During weeks thirty two-thirty five, the overall morbidity trend of all major diseases was fluctuating with a noticeable decrease in week thirty three. These diseases will be described individually in page three of this bulletin.

− Alarm thresholds were not breached for any of the monitored diseases in the reporting period, the alert threshold was breached only for typhoid fever, however the trend is not suggestive of an outbreak.