Epidemics

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Deadly tropical disease kala-azar outbreak in South Sudan

A deadly tropical disease, kala-azar has killed at least 52 people and sickened 2 447 in South Sudan so far in 2017, according to UN OCHA health partners who warn that many more were likely to be infected. The parasitic kala-azar disease, which peaks between...

October 27, 2017

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DR Congo: One of the most severe cholera epidemics in years continues

Doctors Without Borders, an international humanitarian organization, has treated more than 18 000 cholera patients across the Democratic Republic of Congo this year. One of the main reasons why cholera has increased in such a way this year is the drought that has...

October 27, 2017

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Ebola-like Marburg virus disease presence declared in Uganda

On October 19, 2017, Uganda's Minister of Health has officially declared the presence of Marburg virus disease, one of the most deadly known pathogens, in the eastern part of the country. The statement comes after one confirmed case was detected and died in...

October 20, 2017

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Deadly hepatitis A outbreak spreading through California

A state of emergency has been declared in California on Friday, October 13, 2017 due to hepatitis A outbreak that has so far killed at least 18 people. The proclamation allows the state to increase its supply of vaccines for the highly contagious virus. A large...

October 13, 2017

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Severe plague outbreak affecting large urban areas of Madagascar

Pneumonic plague has been detected in several cities in Madagascar, WHO reports. This form of plague is highly transmissible (person-to-person) and quickly causes death without treatment. At least 19 people have died since August 27. WHO is concerned that the...

September 30, 2017

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Yemen cholera outbreak now the world’s largest on record, approaching 1 million

Yemen’s 5-month old cholera crisis is now the world’s largest outbreak since records began, Oxfam International said today as the number of suspected cases rose to over 755 000. From August 25 until September 27, there has been an average of 5 750 daily...

September 28, 2017

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Yemen: world's largest humanitarian crisis and largest cholera outbreak

Yemen currently holds a double grim world record: the largest humanitarian crisis (20.7 million Yemenis in need of humanitarian assistance, 17 million severely food insecure, at least 462 000 severely malnourished children) and the largest cholera outbreak (with...

July 15, 2017

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Severe dengue and zika outbreak in flood-stricken Peru

Peru’s National Civil Defence Institute (INDECI) reports a severe dengue and zika outbreak in the country, following devastating floods and landslides in February 2017. As of July 5, the Institute reports 20 390 confirmed dengue cases, 46 297 unconfirmed, 56...

July 08, 2017

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Cholera outbreak rapidly spreading in Yemen

The cholera outbreak is rapidly spreading in Yemen, with reported cases tripling over the last week. Since April 27, 2017, at least 180 people have died and 11 000 suspected cholera cases have been reported across 18 governorates in Yemen. On May 14, local health...

May 16, 2017

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Ebola outbreak declared in Democratic Republic of Congo

Health authorities are reporting an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is the first Ebola outbreak since the end of the West Africa outbreak in 2016, and the first in the country since November 2014. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)...

May 16, 2017

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1.3 million people affected in flood-ravaged Peru, dengue cases growing

Nearly 1.3 million people in Peru remain severely affected or affected throughout the country as a result of the extreme rainfall and country's most devastating floods in decades. Of these, more than 400 000 are children and adolescents. At the same time, total...

May 15, 2017

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Meningitis outbreak in Nigeria claims more than 330 lives

An outbreak of Cerebrospinal Meningitis in Nigeria has claimed 336 lives since mid-December 2016. Meningitis outbreaks are currently reported in five states (Zamfara, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger and Sokoto) in northwestern and north-central zones of Nigeria. An epidemic...

April 05, 2017

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Anthrax outbreak in Siberian Arctic, first since 1941

A dramatic rise in the number of hospitalized people diagnosed with anthrax was reported in Siberia's Yamal Peninsula, Russia on August 2, 2016. In total, 90 people, including 54 children, are in hospital as of August 2 in what is now the first anthrax outbreak...

August 03, 2016

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Conditions favorable for Rift Valley fever outbreak in Arabian Peninsula

Widespread, heavy, and above-normal amounts of rainfall have created perfect conditions for another, mosquito-borne, Rift Valley fever along the coastal areas of Saudi Arabia and Yemen. This region witnessed its first Rift Valley fever outbreak in 2000. That year,...

June 02, 2016

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Mysterious bacterial outbreak spreading through Wisconsin, US

A mysterious bacterial outbreak has killed 17 people and sickened at least 54 in Wisconsin, US since November 2015, officials confirmed on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Experts say this outbreak is unprecedented. The cause of the sickness is bacteria called...

March 18, 2016

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Evidence suggests Zika virus might cause severe neurological disorder

According to research published on March 1, 2016, Zika virus might cause Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), a severe neurological disorder. Zika virus infection is associated with symptoms such as fever, rash, joint and muscle pain and conjunctivitis. The...

March 02, 2016

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Yellow fever outbreak reported in Angola

An outbreak of yellow fever was reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) by the National IHR Focal Point of Angola on January 21, 2016. First cases of yellow fever were identified in the district of Viana in Luanda province on December 5, 2015. The infection...

February 16, 2016