Rabies – Yemen

Stray dogs roaming the streets of the Yemeni capital of Sana’a have caused a terror and huge public health problem. Medical sources confirmed that the number of “rabies” infections in the capital, Sana’a, is estimated at thousands, including hundreds of deaths.

Measles – Argentina

In a follow-up report on the measles outbreak in Argentina, the Ministry of Health is now reporting 88 confirmed cases of measles, of which 86 are local 2 and were detected in Spain with two weeks left in 2019. This is the highest incidence of Measles in Argentina in 20 years.

Dengue Fever – Malaysia

Malaysian health authorities have reported a record season for dengue fever in 2019. According to officials data, 130,101 dengue cases were reported through December 28 this year, with 174 deaths.


Rabies – Malaysia

The rabies outbreak in Sarawak that was declared on July 1, 2017 is now entering its third year. The number of pet bites in dogs and cats is still high, averaging from 40 to 60 cases a day, at a rate similar to that of the first year of the rabies outbreak.

In 2019, a large number of dogs and cats biting humans tested positive for rabies. According to a report from the Department of Veterinary Services of Sarawak, as of September 30, 2019, a total of 138 (32.8%) samples from a total of 420 test dogs and cats were diagnosed with rabies. This year, there were five (5) confirmed cases of rabies among humans.

Cholera – Sudan

On 8 September, Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) notified WHO about a cholera outbreak in four localities in the Blue Nile State (BNS), south-eastern Sudan, bordering Ethiopia and South Sudan. The first case was detected on 28 of August 2019. From 28 August through 8 October 2019, a total of 247 suspected cholera cases, including 8 deaths (case fatality ratio: 3.5 %), have been reported from four localities in Blue Nile State

Yellow Fever – Nigeria

From 29 August through 22 September 2019, Nigeria reported an outbreak of yellow fever with an epi-centre in the Yankari game reserve of Alkaleri LGA, Bauchi state. According to Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), 231 suspected cases have been reported in four states.


Rabies – Utah, USA

The Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) is reporting several recent human exposures to rabies-positive bats. These individuals have been treated with preventive vaccinations.

Dengue Fever – Philippines

Dengue case count The Philippines Department of Health recorded an additional 20,000 dengue fever cases during the week ending August 10, bringing the country total to well over 200,000 cases. According to the DOH, more than 208,000 cases were reported from January 1 to August 10 this year.


Rabies – Pakistan

Health officials in Sindh province have reported the 11th human rabies fatality in Karachi this year, primarily in children. The latest case is a 12-year old boy from Thatta died within an hour of his arrival at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) on Tuesday due to full-blown Rabies Encephalitis.


Chikungunya – Iceland

Iceland’s Directorate of Health confirmed that four Icelanders who stayed in Alicante in Spain recently were infected with the Chikungunya virus, a tropical disease not previously seen in Iceland.

Rabies – North Carolina, USA

The Guilford County Department of Health in North Carolina is reporting the ninth confirmed case of animal rabies in 2019 yesterday. The most recent case involved a fox found on Ashton Court in Greensboro.


Rabies – North Caroline, USA

A black bear found dead in Hyde County has tested positive for rabies — the first known case of a rabies positive black bear in the state, according to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. The yearling male bear was found dead on Dec 17 at a game feeder.

Ebola – USA

A U.S. healthcare worker who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus while treating patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo arrived in the United States on Saturday and was put in quarantine in Nebraska. The medic, who is not exhibiting symptoms of Ebola, will remain under observation for up to two weeks at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha.

Symptoms such as fever and abdominal pain may appear up to three weeks after contact with the deadly virus.


Rabies – Colombia

The Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) confirmed seven cases of rabies in bovine and equine animals in Urrao, Southwest Antioquia. This prompted the Ministry of Health to declare a departmental epidemiological alert due to the fact that some bulls, cows and horses infected with the virus have attacked other animals.

Newcastle Disease – California, USA

An outbreak of the bird-killing Newcastle disease has resulted in nearly 54,000 birds — mostly chickens — being euthanized in the greater Los Angeles area, with mandatory euthanasia operations ongoing in three areas.


Malaria – Greece

Greek health officials have reported nine autochthonous non-Plasmodium falciparum malaria cases since August. In 2018, 47 total malaria cases have been reported in Greece as of late October, with the remainder being imported (37) or unclassified (1).

Rabies – Utah, USA

Utah public health officials have confirmed a Utah resident died from rabies earlier this month. It is suspected exposure to a bat was the source of infection. This is the first Utah resident to die from rabies since 1944.

Measles – Serbia

In an update on the ongoing measles outbreak in the Republic of Serbia, Institute of Public Health of Serbia reported 23 additional measles cases in October–17 in Belgrade and six in Pancevo. This brings the total to 5764 cases, including 2912 laboratory confirmed, since October 2017, with nearly 5000 cases occurring in 2018 .


Rabies – South Africa

In 2018 to date, South African health officials have reported 13 human rabies cases–seven cases were from KwaZulu-Natal Province and six from the Eastern Cape Province. In addition, two other cases from Eastern Cape could not be confirmed through laboratory testing, but are considered probable cases.

The rise in the number of human rabies cases is associated with the outbreak of rabies in dogs in the KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape Provinces.

Cholera – Zimbabwe

In a follow-up report on the cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, in 15 areas across the country a cumulative total of 6,643 suspected cholera cases (98 confirmed) and 48 related deaths (case fatality ratio 0.73 per cent) have been reported three weeks into the outbreak.


Cholera – Niger

The cholera outbreak in Niger that started in early July has now topped 2,000 cases, according to the World Health Organization. Since the beginning of the outbreak on 5 July 2018, a total of 2,013 suspected cholera cases, including 37 deaths (case fatality ratio 1.8%), have been reported.

Rabies – Myanmar

Officials at Yangon General Hospital in Myanmar reported at least 18 human deaths due to rabies during the first eight months of the year, according to a Myanmar Times report today. This total is only for those treated at the Yangon hospital and does not include numbers from other hospitals across the country.

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China – update

Since March 2013, when the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus infection was first detected in humans, a total of 1567 laboratory-confirmed human cases, including at least 615 deaths1, have been reported to WHO in accordance with the International Health Regulations. In the latest wave (the 6th wave since Oct 2017), only three human cases have been detected; meanwhile there have been generally fewer A(H7N9) virus detections in poultry and environment samples, according to various reports from mainland China and China, Hong Kong SAR.


Kentucky hepatitis A outbreak, USA – Update

In an update on the Kentucky hepatitis A outbreak, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has now reported 761 outbreak cases, including 467 hospitalizations as of June 2. In addition, 6 hepatitis A related deaths have been reported.

Rabies – Malawi – Cholera

The Malawian government says 22 people have died of rabies since the confirmation an outbreak in the Mount Mulanje province since July last year. 1 600 cases of infectious dog bites have been reported in the same period. The disease has killed 74 dogs across the province. The government does not have the 17 million Kwacha required for the acquisition of sufficient vaccines to run mass treatment and immunization programmes for people, dogs and cats.

Meanwhile, a new cholera outbreak has killed 1 person and infected 100 people in the Salima area of central Malawi. The resurgence of the disease came exactly one month after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the area cholera-free following a prolonged epidemic that began late in 2017.


Taiwan – Rat Lungworm

The Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) announced five confirmed cases of angiostrongyliasis, or rat lungworm, in foreign workers from Thailand. All five cases have consumed raw or undercooked apple snails and they are all currently hospitalized for treatment.

Rabies in Thailand

Animal rabies in Thailand is at outbreak levels so far in 2018, with 359 confirmed cases of rabies reported in 37 provinces since the beginning of the year.

Measles – Europe – Update

European health officials reported 1,073 cases of measles from 15 countries in Jan. 2018. Greece and France reported the most cases with 431 and 231 cases reported, respectively. Other countries reporting a significant number of cases in January include Italy (168) and Romania (100).

Rabies – South Africa

Three people including two children have so far succumbed to rabies in KwaZulu-Natal after a recent outbreak in the province. KZN’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development confirmed via a press release on Friday that there has been a spike in rabies cases in the province with reported instances affecting the South Coast, Durban, eMpangeni and Richard’s Bay.


Rabies – South Africa

Since December 2017 five human cases of rabies have been confirmed in South Africa. These cases were recorded in patients from Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal (two cases) and the Eastern Cape. Another probable case of rabies was reported from the Free State in December 2017.


Rabies – Democratic Republic of the Congo

An outbreak of rabies has killed at least 11 displaced people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and African media reports that thousands are at risk. Dogs are the main source of the rabies in the conflict-torn North Kivu Province where a lack of capacity to respond to the disease has been noted.

Novovirus – Olympics

In a follow-up on the norovirus outbreak at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, Korean health officials now put the number of confirmed cases at 261, as of Friday, with 111 cases reported from the Horeb Youth Centre, 74 from PyeongChang and 76 from Gangneung. Forty-four of the cases remain under quarantine, according to officials. The Swiss Olympic team reports that two of its athletes have been affected.


Scarlet Fever – England

The age-old killer scarlet fever is on the rise in England and East Asia, according to research published Monday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, and investigators don’t know why.

Since 2009, cases have been steadily increasing in several East Asian countries, including Vietnam, South Korea, Hong Kong and mainland China.

An outbreak then hit England, where cases tripled in one year, from 4,700 in 2013 to 15,637 in 2014. Infections continued to rise to nearly 20,000 in 2016, a 50-year high for the United Kingdom, according to the analysis.

Typhoid – Zimbabwe

Since the beginning of Oct. 2017, Zimbabwe has seen more than 1,000 typhoid fever cases in and around the capital city of Harare. Reports indicate however, that the incidence of new cases is declining.

Lassa Fever – Liberia

Since the beginning of the year, the Liberia Ministry of Health has reported a total of 70 suspected Lassa fever cases including 21 deaths (case fatality rate 30%) from nine counties in Liberia. Out of this, 28 cases have been confirmed as Lassa virus infection, including 10 deaths from six counties.

Rabies – Florida, USA

Last month, a human rabies case and fatality was reported in Highlands County, the first human case of rabies acquired in Florida since 1948.

Today, the Florida Department of Health reported that from Jan. 1 to Sep. 30, 60 animal rabies cases were reported across the state. Twenty-six cases were reported in raccoons, followed by bats (16), cats (9), foxes (6), skunks (2) and one dog.