WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus recently surmised that “Even as we focus on ending the [Ebola] outbreak, we must look beyond it. An outbreak of measles in DRC has killed almost 2000 children since January – more than Ebola in less time – and yet it gets little international attention.” In this post, we will be discussing the concurrent outbreaks in DRC beyond Ebola and how they are complicating the country’s response strategies.
There has been a recent surge of Cholera cases in Mozambique in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Idai. This week’s Outbreak Thursday post examines how this event opened the opportunity for a disease outbreak and the challenges public health professionals will face with increased incidence of severe extreme weather events.
Zimbabwe declared a State of Emergency after an outbreak of cholera sickened thousands of people, prompting the newly-elected government to ban public gatherings in the capital city, Harare. We explore Zimbabwe’s recent struggle with cholera and the role these social distancing measures might play in responding to cholera.
The WHO and UN both issued recent warnings of a possible third wave of cholera infections in Yemen. The warnings are based on recent increases in disease incidence, but official data is limited, making it difficult to assess the circumstances contributing to the warnings.
While cholera typically affects developing countries, particularly areas without access to clean water or effective sanitation systems, it can cause outbreaks in developed nations as well. Health authorities on Vancouver Island, British Columbia (Canada) recently reported a cholera outbreak believed to be linked to the consumption of herring eggs.
Outbreak Thursday revisits the health emergencies facing Yemen in the midst of its ongoing humanitarian crisis. Cholera, meningitis, and diphtheria all continue to pose health threats to this vulnerable population.
Facing the prospect of a growing cholera outbreak, the Zambian government experienced pushback by the public against some public health interventions aimed at controlling the outbreak.
Populations forcibly displaced from their homes by natural disasters, persecution, and conflict are extremely vulnerable to a myriad of infectious disease and other health threats. We take a look at two ongoing outbreaks among refugees in Bangladesh and Kenya.
Outbreak Observatory takes a look back at outbreaks in 2017.
Yemen's cholera epidemic has exceeded 750,000 cases, but the case fatality is below 0.3%. Outbreak Thursday examines several outstanding questions about the ongoing epidemic.