Epidemiological update - Plague in Madagascar
Since 23 August 2017 there is an ongoing epidemic of plague in Madagascar. As of 20 October 2017 WHO has reported 1 365 cases and 106 deaths leading to 8 % case fatality. Nine hundred and fifteen (67%) cases are pneumonic plague cases. The high proportion of pneumonic plague among cases is of concern, indicating that droplet transmission is a driver of the spread of plague in Madagascar beyond the areas that have been considered as endemic for bubonic plague to date. In the last weeks, the number of new confirmed cases seem to be plateauing, indicating that the outbreak is gradually being controlled.
Ebola outbreak in Bas Uele, DRC new rapid risk assessment
Following the eighth outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since the discovery of the virus in 1976, ECDC has published a new rapid risk assessment. Investigations in DRC are ongoing to assess the extent of the outbreak in Bas Uele. World Health Organization (WHO) and its Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) partners are supporting the national health authorities in the response. Although the outbreak is occurring in a very remote area to date, the spread of the disease to neighbouring regions cannot be ruled out.
Epidemiological update: Outbreaks of Zika virus and complications potentially linked to the Zika virus infection, 2 June 2016
Since last week, WHO AFRO reported that sequencing of the Zika virus in Cape Verde by Institut Pasteur in Dakar confirmed that the virus currently circulating in Cape Verde is the same as the one circulating in the Americas - the Asian type- and was most likely imported from Brazil. This is the first time that the Asian Zika strain has been detected in Africa.
Epidemiological update: outbreak of yellow fever in Angola, 31 March 2016
There is an ongoing outbreak of yellow fever in Angola that started in December 2015 in the municipality of Viana, Luanda province and spread to other provinces of Angola in the past weeks.
Assessment of the yellow fever outbreak in Angola shows risk of infection for unvaccinated travellers and further international spread
ECDC risk assessment of the advancing epidemic of yellow fever in Angola and the related imported cases highlights the risk of infection for unvaccinated travellers.
Epidemiological update: New Ebola cluster in Guinea, 22 March 2016
A new Ebola cluster has been announced in Guinea, just after Sierra Leone was declared free of the virus, and West Africa was declared to be Ebola-free.