Outbreaks

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

WHO Outbreaks News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 03:00
Between 24 and 31 March 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 12 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 2 deaths. Cases are listed by date of reporting, with the most recent case listed first.

The National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also notified WHO of the death of 2 previously reported MERS-CoV cases. The cases were reported in a previous DON on 26 March (cases n. 2, 7).
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Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

WHO Outbreaks News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 03:00
Between 11 and 22 March 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 15 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 3 deaths. Cases are listed by date of reporting, with the most recent case listed first.

The National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also notified WHO of the death of 5 previously reported MERS-CoV cases. The cases were reported in previous DONs on 20 March (cases n. 5, 12), on 11 March (cases n. 2, 10) and on 6 March (case n. 6).
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Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

WHO Outbreaks News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 03:00
Between 3 and 10 March 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 15 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 5 deaths. Cases are listed by date of reporting, with the most recent case listed first.

The National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also notified WHO of the death of 5 previously reported MERS-CoV cases. The cases were reported in previous DONs on 11 March (case n. 8), on 6 March (case n. 5) and on 23 February (cases n. 36, 38) on 16 February (case n. 2).
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Typhoid fever – Uganda

WHO Outbreaks News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 05:01
On 24 February 2015, the Ministry of Health of Uganda notified WHO of a typhoid fever outbreak.

The outbreak started in Kampala City at the beginning of 2015. As of 5 March 2015, a total of 1940 suspected cases have been reported. From the first epicentre in downtown Kampala, the outbreak has now spread to all divisions in the capital city and to neighbouring districts. The most affected groups are young males aged between 20 and 39 years. The majority of cases work in the business sector or as casual labourers. Food and juice vendors and cooks are also affected, hence the potential for wide spread of the disease. At the beginning of the outbreak Salmonella Typhi was laboratory-confirmed in 4 of 16 tested specimens. Further specimens have been tested during the outbreak identifying 5 isolates of Salmonella paratyphi group A. Contaminated drinking water and juices have been identified as the main sources of infection. The majority of water sources that have been tested were heavily contaminated with Escherichia coli and fecal matter.
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Meningococcal disease - Nigeria

WHO Outbreaks News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 03:05
Between 26 January and 5 March 2015, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) of the Federal Ministry of Health of Nigeria notified WHO of 652 suspected cases of meningococcal disease, including 50 deaths. Cases have been reported in 10 local government areas of 2 states, Kebbi and Sokoto. Laboratory tests have confirmed the predominance of Neisseria meningitidis serogroup C in the affected areas, with no other serogroups being identified.

In Zamfara state, there has been a recent emergence of suspected cases of meningococcal disease; however, an outbreak has not yet been confirmed.
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