Cholera, Malaria – Mozambique

In a follow-up on the infectious disease situation in Mozambique since cyclone Idai struck some 100 days ago, government officials report on the latest on the cholera and malaria outbreaks.

No cholera cases have been reported since May 30. The last case was reported in Nhamatanda district. A cumulative 6,768 cases and 8 deaths (CFR 0.1%) have been reported since the outbreak was declared on Mar 27, 2019.

Concerning malaria, a cumulative 59,173 malaria cases had been reported in Sofala province since Mar 27, officials report.

Measles – USA

Thirty-three new measles cases were recorded in the United States last week, most of them in New York, federal health officials said on Monday, bringing the number of confirmed cases this year to 1,077 in the worst U.S. outbreak of the virus since 1992.


Ebola – DR Congo – Update 

More than 1,500 people have died in a nearly 10-month-old outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the health ministry said Monday. As of Sunday, 1,506 people have died out of 2,239 recorded cases, it said.

Earlier this month, the virus claimed two lives in neighbouring Uganda among a family who had travelled to the DRC.

Nearly 141,000 people have been vaccinated in the affected eastern DRC provinces of Ituri and North Kivu, the epicentre of the outbreak.

Nipah Virus – India

In a follow-up on the human Nipah virus case in Ernakulum district of Kerala state, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan reported that out of 36 Pteropus species bats tested for Nipah, 12 (33 per cent) were found to be positive for anti-Nipah bat IgG antibodies and are believed to be the source of the human cases.


Dengue Fever – Cambodia

Hundreds of children have been hospitalised with dengue fever in Phnom Penh and thousands of cases reported across Cambodia amid a major outbreak of the deadly disease. Cambodian Health Minister Mam Bunheng said on Thursday that 12,000 cases of the mosquito-borne disease had been reported nationwide and that 21 people had already died

Several other south-east Asian nations are also battling a sharp spike in the number of dengue cases, according to the World Health Organisation, including Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam.


African Swine Fever – Laos

According to information from the Laos Department of Livestock and Fisheries, seven African swine fever outbreaks have been reported on village farms in Saravane province. Based on data given to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), 973 pigs were killed.


Measles – Ukraine – Update

Ukraine health officials reported an additional 967 measles – 436 adults and 531 children, during the past week. This brings the total cases to 54,065 people – 25,439 adults and 28,626 children, including 18 deaths since the beginning of the year.


Chicken Pox – France

France is reporting an epidemic of varicella, or chickenpox infections, which includes at least twelve regional outbreaks. Approximately half the country was affected by chickenpox in the week ending June 9. On average, there are 34 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Measles – DR Congo

In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN health officials report an additional 7500 suspect cases in the past two weeks, bringing the total cases since the beginning of the year to 106,870. The death toll due to the measles outbreak has reached 1,815.

Panama Disease – Thailand

The Thai Department of Agriculture has dispatched officials to inspect a large banana plantation in Chiang Rai province after a report of an outbreak of Panama disease, which is known to rip through plantations causing significant damage. Officials were seen destroying infected banana trees in a bid to contain the disease. Panama disease has never occurred in Thailand before.


Dengue fever – Myanmar

The Yangon Region Public Health Department has reported 670 dengue fever cases since the beginning of the year, including eight deaths. Fatalities have been reported in both adults and children.

Campylobacter – Norway

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health reported a Campylobacter outbreak in Askøy, Hordaland county, Norway. Some 2,000 people have been sickened, presenting with symptoms of diarrhea, fever and abdominal pains. It was believed that water was the source of the outbreak.


Dengue hemorrhagic fever

Thailand’s Department of Disease Control (DDC) has officially declared a dengue hemorrhagic fever epidemic this year as there have been 28,785 patients, 43 of whom died, according to a Bangkok Post report Friday.

Malaria – Trinidad and Tobago

Health officials in Trinidad and Tobago are reporting that the majority of malaria cases reported so far this year are in Venezuelans. The Health Ministry said of the 17 malaria cases reported, 13 are in Venezuelans.


Brain Disease – India

At least 43 children have died in less than two weeks in the Indian state of Bihar from a brain disease that scientists believe could be linked to consumption of lychee fruit. The children died at two hospitals in Muzaffarpur, a region of the state that is well known for its many lychee orchards harvested throughout May and June.

The state government is yet to confirm the cause of the outbreak but is attributing most of the deaths to hypoglycaemia – low blood sugar level. But doctors said that more than 150 children under the age of 10 had been admitted with symptoms of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) since 1 June, and that of these 43 had died. They said hypoglycaemia is one of the features of AES.


Ebola – Uganda

In a follow-up on the Ebola cases in Uganda, the World Health Organization is reporting a second fatality. The 50-year-old grandmother of the initial case, the 5-year-old boy, has died from Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). There are currently 3 cumulative confirmed cases since the date of identification of the index case.


Measles – Comoros

The Ministry of Health in Comoros Islands has confirmed a new measles outbreak, coming in the aftermath of the tropical cyclone that devastated the country in April 2019, according to a World Health Organization report. Through June 1, a total of 66 suspected measles cases have been reported, of which 16 were confirmed.

Ebola – Uganda

The current and 10th Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the DRC began in August 2018 and their were fears of it crossing neighboring borders all along. This week, it finally happened as the Uganda Ministry of Health reported a case in a 5-year-old boy who traveled from DRC.


Malaria – Burundi

The landlocked African country of Burundi reports a lot of malaria, year in and year out, and during the first five months of 2019, the malaria burden is high once again. From the beginning of the year through May 25, Burundi has reported a total of 3,207,552 clinical malaria cases, including 1,273 deaths.

Measles – DR Congo

Health officials with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) report since the beginning of 2019, a total of 87,000 suspected measles cases (1.8 % CFR) through May 18. This represents an increase of more than 700 percent, compared to the epidemiological situation for the same period in 2018.

Guillain-Barre Syndrome – Peru

Peru has declared a health emergency in five regions, including Lima, after the deaths of at least four people linked to Guillain-Barre syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that attacks the nervous system. The Health Ministry said Sunday that in addition to the deaths there were currently 206 cases of the disease.


Dengue Fever – Philippines

The Zamboanga City Health Office (CHO) has expressed alarm over the increasing number of dengue fever cases during the first part of 2019. According to health officials, 1,597 dengue cases with 12 deaths have been recorded since January this year.

African Swine Fever – Poland

African swine fever (ASF) has been confirmed at two commercial farms in different regions of Poland within one month. It is a matter for concern for a country fighting a long-running battle against the disease in its wild boar population.


Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever – Iran

Iranian health authorities have reported twelve Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) since Mar. 21, according to a Tehran Times report. Of this total, two people have died.

Hepatitis A – Arizona, USA

Arizona state health officials report 353 hepatitis A outbreak cases since November 2018. May 2019 was the hardest hit month to date with 86 cases. Eight out of 10 cases required hospital treatment and two died.

Syphilis – Japan

Japan’s battle with the sexually transmitted infection (STI), syphilis continues. Through May 26, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases report 2472 syphilis cases, with a quarter of cases being reported in Tokyo. Osaka, Aichi and Kanagawa have also see high numbers of cases.

Polio – Pakistan

The Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations is gravely concerned by the significant further increase in WPV1 cases globally in 2019, particularly in Pakistan where 15 cases have already been reported.


STD’s Global Problem – 1 million a day

The World Health Organization (WHO) published a bulletin today that reveals the enormity of the sexually transmitted infection problem globally. The report notes that more than 376 million new cases annually of four infections – #chlamydia, #gonorrhea, #trichomoniasis, and #syphilis are reported annually across the planet.

Dengue Fever – Sri Lanka

Nearly 20,000 dengue fever cases have been reported in Sri Lanka during the first five months of 2019, according to data from the country’s Epidemiology Unit. From Jan.1 through May 31, 19,785 cases and 28 fatalities have been reported across the country.