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  • Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – Operational readiness and preparedness in neighbouring countries
    on August 14, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Disease outbreak news on Ebola in the DRC - Operational readiness and preparedness in neighbouring countries. […]

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo
    on August 9, 2018 at 12:03 am

    On 1 August 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease in North Kivu Province, in the eastern part of the country. North Kivu is among the most populated provinces in the country, shares borders with Uganda and Rwanda, and experiences conflict and insecurity, with over one million internally displaced people and migration of refugees to neighbouring countries. […]

  • Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 – Nigeria
    on August 8, 2018 at 1:16 am

    On 5 June 2018, a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) outbreak was confirmed in Sokoto State, Nigeria. From 30 January through 23 May 2018, ten environmental samples collected from two collection sites all tested positive for genetically-related VDPV2 viruses. No associated cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) have been detected with this cVDPV2. […]

  • Nipah virus – India
    on August 7, 2018 at 1:00 am

    As of 17 July 2018, a total of 19 Nipah virus (NiV) cases, including 17 deaths, were reported from Kerala State: 18 of the cases were laboratory-confirmed and the deceased index case was suspected to have NiV but could not be tested. The outbreak was localized to two districts in Kerala State: Kozhikode and Malappuram. No new cases or deaths have been reported since 1 June 2018 and, as of 30 July, human-to-human transmission of NiV has been contained in Kerala State. […]

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo
    on August 4, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Disease outbreak news for ebola in DRC. […]

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo
    on July 25, 2018 at 1:00 am

    As 42 days (two incubation periods) have passed since the last possible exposure to a confirmed Ebola virus disease case, on 24 July 2018, the Minister of Health, Dr Oly Ilunga announced the end of the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, commends the country and partners in the response against the outbreak while urging them to extend this success to combatting other diseases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. […]

  • Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 – Democratic Republic of the Congo
    on July 10, 2018 at 1:16 am

    In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, three different circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) outbreaks have been detected in acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases. […]

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo
    on July 6, 2018 at 1:00 am

    The Ministry of Health and WHO continue to closely monitor the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. […]

  • Circulating vaccine derived poliovirus – Papua New Guinea
    on July 2, 2018 at 2:32 am

    On 21 May 2018, the regional polio reference laboratory reported to WHO the isolation of vaccine derived poliovirus type 1 (VDPV1) from a child with acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) in Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea. The onset of the child’s paralysis occurred on 24 April 2018. […]

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo
    on June 20, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Disease outbreak news for ebola in DRC. […]

  • Measles – Japan
    on June 20, 2018 at 1:00 am

    On 16 May 2018, Japan’s National International Health Regulations Focal Point (NFP) notified WHO of an ongoing outbreak of measles in Japan. On 20 March 2018, a traveller from overseas was diagnosed with measles in Okinawa prefecture, and thereafter additional cases of measles were reported from across the prefecture and later from other prefectures. In light of the situation, on 11 and 26 April 2018, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) circulated two alert notices. The national trend in notifications and reports of new measles cases from Okinawa Prefecture have both declined in recent weeks (onset date of the most recent case in Okinawa was 10 May). Okinawa Prefecture officially declared the outbreak over on 11 June, after four weeks had passed since this last case. This report provides the latest information on the epidemiologic situation of measles in Japan, including outbreak cases in Okinawa Prefecture and the other cases, and indicates the need for continued vigilance. […]

  • Rift Valley fever – Kenya
    on June 18, 2018 at 2:00 am

    On 8 June 2018, the Ministry of Health (MoH) for Kenya confirmed an outbreak of Rift Valley fever. The first patient was admitted to a hospital in Wajir County in north-eastern Kenya on 2 June with fever, body weakness, and bleeding from the gums and mouth. The patient reported having consumed meat from a sick animal; the patient died the same day. On 4 June, two relatives of the index patient were admitted. Blood samples were collected and sent to the Kenya Medical Research Institute, one of which was confirmed positive for Rift Valley fever on 6 June. As of 16 June, a total of 26 human cases have been reported from Wajir (24 cases) and Marsabit (2 cases) counties, including seven confirmed cases and six deaths (case fatality ratio (CFR) = 23%); six patients have been discharged while one is still hospitalized. A high number of deaths and abortions among livestock, including camels and goats, has been reported in Garissa, Kadjiado, Kitui, Marsabit, Tana River, and Wajir counties. People living in these count […]

  • Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
    on June 18, 2018 at 1:07 am

    Disease news outbreak for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in Saudi Arabia. […]

  • Cholera – Cameroon
    on June 14, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Disease outbreak news for cholera in Cameroon. […]

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo
    on June 13, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Disease news outbreak for ebola in DRC. […]

  • Ebola virus disease – Operational readiness and preparedness in nine countries neighbouring the Democratic Republic of the Congo
    on June 11, 2018 at 12:11 am

    Following the notification of an Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Equateur Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 5 May 2018, WHO conducted a formal rapid risk assessment which determined that the public risk is high at the regional level. […]

  • Measles – Brazil
    on June 11, 2018 at 12:10 am

    Disease news outbreak for measles in Brazil. […]

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo
    on June 6, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Since the last Disease Outbreak News on 30 May 2018, two additional cases have been laboratory confirmed for Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; both cases were reported from Iboko Health Zone. Recently available information has enabled the classification of some cases to be updated. […]

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo: Points of Entry
    on June 5, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    In response to the ongoing outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, WHO in collaboration with the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and other partners, has developed a comprehensive strategic response plan for points of entry. The aim of the plan is to avoid the spread of the disease to other provinces or at the international level. The plan includes mapping strategic points of entry and the locations of areas where travellers congregate and interact with the local population, and therefore are at risk of Ebola virus disease transmission based on population movement. The plan also includes implementing health measures at the identified points of entry/traveller congregation points, such as risk communication and community engagement, temperature checks, provision of hand hygiene and sanitation materials, and the development of alert, investigation and referra […]

  • Monkeypox – Cameroon
    on June 5, 2018 at 1:00 am

    From 30 April through 30 May 2018, a total of 16 confirmed and suspected cases (one confirmed and 15 suspected cases) were reported to the Directorate of Control of Epidemic and Pandemic diseases (DLMEP). These cases were located in five districts of Cameroon: Njikwa Health district (n=6 suspected, n=1 confirmed) Akwaya Health District (n=6 suspected), Biyem-Assi Health District (n=1 suspected), Bertoua Health District (n=1 suspected), and Fotokol Health district (n=1 suspected). On 14 May, one of the 16 cases tested positive by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) from the Centre Pasteur du Cameroun (CPC). The case was located in Njikwa Health District. The confirmed case is a 20-year-old male with clinical symptoms of fever, generalized vesiculo-pustular rash and enlarged lymph nodes with no previous history of travel or contact with an animal suspected of having monkeypox. […]

 

 

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