Bird Flu – China
Officials with the National Health Commission in China have reported the first human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) this year in Gansu.
Cholera – Yemen
Cholera is surging once again in Yemen, with the U.N. reporting that the number of suspected cases has doubled in March over previous months and doctors in overwhelmed health facilities fearing it could rival a 2017 outbreak that spiraled into the world’s worst flare-up.
The surge underscores how Yemen, which has endured multiple outbreaks of cholera amid four years of civil war, still isn’t able to stop its spread.
There were 76,152 new suspected cases and 195 deaths in March, compared to about 32,000 cases in February and 39,000 in January. The March toll brought the number of those believed to have died from cholera this year to nearly 300.
Monkeypox – Africa – Update
In a follow-up on the monkeypox situation in Africa in 2018, several countries are still reporting cases in 2019 according to World Health Organization numbers:
Central African Republic
Three cases, including one confirmed, were reported in Ippy in the week ending 3 March 2019.
Since 2 October 2018, clusters of cases have been identified across three health districts, namely; Mbaiki district with nine cases including eight confirmed, Bangassou district with five cases including three confirmed, and Bossembele district with four cases including three confirmed. One death was reported in Bossembele.
In total, 34 cases have been reported, including two deaths.
Republic of Congo
The Republic of Congo is reporting cases of monkey pox since February 2019. Two samples from Makontipoko village in Gambona district tested in the INRB-Kinshasa turned positive for Monkey pox (PCR OPX).
Nine total cases have been reported with no fatalities.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
In the week ending 3 March 2019, 90 new suspected cases including two deaths were reported. The cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in the Provincial Health Divisions of Ecuador, North Ubangi and South Ubangi.
824 total cases have been reported, including 12 deaths.
In January 2019, six new suspected cases were reported from six states. Three were confirmed in two states (Rivers – 1 and Bayelsa – 2). Since September 2017, 26 states have reported suspected cases with 17 having reported a confirmed case. Rivers State is the most aﬀected. The South-South region of the country has the highest burden of monkeypox.
Since the beginning of the outbreak, 311 cases (132 confirmed) and seven fatalities have been recorded.