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  • Yellow fever outbreak in Ethiopia

    10 June 2013

    A mass yellow fever vaccination campaign was launched in Ethiopia on 10th June 2013 by the Ministry of Health following confirmation of 6 yellow fever cases in the country. The first case was laboratory confirmed on 7th May 2013. The cases were ident…

  • Drought in Namibia

    07 June 2013

    A devastating drought is currently affecting the whole of Namibia which has killed 4,000 livestock and caused 330,000 Namibians in rural areas (over 14% of the population) to be classified as food insecure. Some regions have received their lowest sea…

  • Novel coronavirus cases worldwide

    23 May 2013

    As of 22nd May 2013, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has been informed of a global total of 43 laboratory confirmed cases of human infection with novel coronavirus (NCoV), including 21 deaths. An international network of clinical experts has been…

  • Polio in Kenya & Somalia

    23 May 2013

    Three cases of wild poliovirus (WPV1) have been laboratory confirmed in Dadaab, Kenya. A four month old baby girl developed symptoms of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) on 30 April 2013 and two health contacts of the baby have subsequently tested positi…

  • Meningitis outbreak in South Sudan

    16 May 2013

    The Ministry of Health of South Sudan declared an outbreak of meningitis in Malakal County in Upper Nile State on 30th April 2013. The latest report dated 5th May 2013 stated that there were 73 reported cases, including 3 deaths. The ages of those wh…

  • Measles worldwide update

    16 May 2013

    Ongoing measles outbreaks are occurring in a number of countries throughout the world.RussiaA total of 12 cases has been recorded in the Nizhniy Novgorod region, including 9 cases in children under 14 years of age.In the period January-February 2013,…

  • Flooding in Ethiopia

    07 May 2013

    Flooding has affected around 9,000 households in Somali Regional State following heavy rainfall. The following zones have been particularly affected:·    Korahe (Kebridehar Town, Dobawein and El Ogaden woredas)·    Jarar (Gashamo woreda and Degehabur…

  • Avian influenza cases in China - Update 1

    03 May 2013

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) was first notified on 31st March 2013 of 3 cases of the new strain of avian influenza A (H7N9) infection in humans by the China Health and Family Planning Commission. The cases were by laboratory testing at the Chi…

  • Cholera epidemic in the Republic of Congo

    30 April 2013

    Heavy rains flooded most of the city of Pointe Noire in November 2012. Pointe-Noire is Congo’s second largest city with an estimated population of 1.1 million and is located on the Atlantic Coast. It is a major sea port and home to a thriving oil ind…

  • Earthquake in Sichuan, China

    26 April 2013

    An earthquake struck Lushan County near the city of Ya’an, Sichuan Province in China just after 8am local time on 20th April 2013. The earthquake had a magnitude registered 7.0 on the Richter scale and its epicentre was located some 116 kms to the so…

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