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Cholera outbreak: Cape Coast reports 400 cases in past month

The outbreak of cholera in the southern Ghana city of Cape Coast has grown to 400 cases since it began about one month ago, according to a local media report. The University of Cape Coast hospital has seen half of the cases alone, prompting health authorities...

Rift Valley fever outbreak continues in Niger

In a follow-up on the Rift Valley Fever (RVF) outbreak in the West Africa country of Niger, the World Health Organization (WHO) released the following update this week: On 30 August, the Ministry of Health in Niger notified WHO of unexplained deaths...

Zimbabwe reports typhoid outbreak in Masvingo

Health authorities in the south-eastern Zimbabwe town of Masvingo are reporting an outbreak of the bacterial infection, typhoid, where four cases were admitted to the local hospital, according to a ZimEye.com report. “We can confirm that four cases...

Tanzania: 105 wildebeests, gazelles die due to anthrax in Monduli district

An outbreak of the bacterial disease, anthrax, has killed some 90 wildebeests and 15 gazelles in the Selela section of Monduli district in northeastern Tanzania, according to local media accounts. According to Monduli District Commissioner Idd Kimanta,...

Burkina Faso: Dengue outbreak reported in Ouagadougou

Since August 2016, suspected dengue fever cases and deaths have been reported in Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso. From 5 August to 12 November 2016, a total of 1061 probable (Dengue Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) positive) cases out of 1266...

Elephantiasis elimination campaign to start tomorrow in Kenya

The Kenya Ministry of Health commence a three-day treatment exercise as part of an ongoing campaign to eradicate elephantiasis by 2020 beginning Saturday. The campaign will target counties on the country’s Indian Ocean coast–Mombasa, Kilifi,...

Kenya: 12 hospitalized for anthrax in Murang’a

At least a dozen people are hospitalized and being treated for anthrax at a Murang’a hospital after consuming tainted cow meat, according to a local media account. Scores of residents of Karurumo and Kanyenya-ini villages in Kangema were rushed to...

Ebola in West Africa: Outbreak may be underestimated due to asymptomatic cases

Between 2013 and 2016, tens of thousands of people in West Africa contracted Ebola virus disease, making the epidemic the largest and longest on record. But the number of reported cases — roughly 28,000 — may be an underestimate of the total...

Nigeria: Measles vaccination campaign in Borno State

Since 6 June 2016, health clinics in IDP camps in Borno State have seen increasing numbers of measles cases. From early September until late October, 744 suspected cases of measles, and 2 deaths, were reported from WHO-established EWARS reporting sites....

Ghana cholera update: 172 cases in Cape Coast region

In a follow-up on the cholera outbreak in the Cape Coast region of southern Ghana, as of Nov. 2, the total number of cases had risen to 172 with zero deaths. The exponential increase in cases indicates high transmission potential of infections in the...
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