Epidemics

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Worst flu season on record, Australia

According to statistics, the 2019 flu season is Australia's worst in recorded history with over 257 359 confirmed cases so far this year. This record beat the previous one in 2017 with a total number of 251 163 influenza cases. Meanwhile, only 52 000 cases were...

September 06, 2019

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Uganda confirms new Ebola case as 9 year old girl dies

Uganda reported another case of Ebola disease on August 29, 2019, as 9-year-old girl from the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo died from the virus. The child crossed the border between Uganda and Congo with her mother on August 28, 2019, in hopes of finding...

August 31, 2019

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Ebola outbreak declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on July 17, 2019. The declaration...

July 18, 2019

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Ebola virus disease spreads to Uganda

The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) have confirmed a case of Ebola Virus Disease in Uganda. Although there have been numerous previous alerts, this is the first confirmed case in Uganda during the Ebola outbreak on-going in neighboring...

June 12, 2019

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African swine fever outbreak in China altering global crop and livestock patterns

At least 130 African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks were reported across China since August 2018. The virus is killing pigs across the globe and could alter global crop and livestock patterns. China Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) reported April 23...

May 23, 2019

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Ebola outbreak unlikely to be contained, DR Congo

At least 1 117 people have died in world's second largest Ebola outbreak currently affecting DR Congo. WHO said the outbreak is 'unlikely' to be contained amid continued insecurity. Since the beginning of the epidemic, the accumulated cases rose to 1...

May 13, 2019

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Ebola claims over 1 000 lives in DR Congo, world's second-deadliest outbreak

More than 1 000 people have died as Ebola outbreak in Congo's North Kivu continues worsening. An alarming number of cases was reported in recent days across multiple hotspots. Since the beginning of the epidemic in August 2018, the accumulated number of cases is...

May 06, 2019

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World's second-largest Ebola outbreak spreads to major city, DR Congo

World's second-largest Ebola outbreak has spread to the city of Butembo (population 1 million), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). New cases are increasing quickly in Butembo's eastern suburbs and outlying, isolated districts, sparking fears of its...

December 10, 2018

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WHO: Ebola outbreak could create a 'perfect storm' over the next weeks and months

Ebola outbreak in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo could rapidly worsen and create a potential perfect storm over the next weeks and months, WHO said September 25, 2018. The worsening situation is expected due to attacks by armed groups, community...

September 25, 2018

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Ebola outbreak declared in Democratic Republic of Congo, 17 deaths confirmed

At least 17 people have died in the north-west part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where health officials have confirmed an outbreak of Ebola, the health ministry has said. The declaration of outbreak came after laboratory results confirmed two cases of the...

May 09, 2018

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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