WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies, Week 34: 19 – 25 August 2017 (Data as reported by 17:00; 25 August 2017)

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Published on 25 Aug 2017 View Original


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, three new events have been reported:

  • Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in Mauritania and cholera in Burundi and Chad. This week’s edition also covers key ongoing events, including:

• Cholera in Kenya

• Hepatitis E in Niger

• Floods/mudslide in Sierra Leone

• 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:

• With increasing incidents of meteorological events (and other disasters) in the region, the existing capacity for mass casualty management remains a concern.

• Two countries, Mauritania and Uganda, have confirmed CCHF during the reporting week, while Namibia confirmed the disease in the previous week. While it is known that CCHF is endemic in the region, the rising frequency of occurrence of human infections is beginning to raise concerns.