Medical Alert 12–18 JULY 2018 - WEEKS 28-29
Brazil: Measles outbreak

A measles outbreak is underway in three states: Amazonas, Rio Grande do Sul and Roraima.

More than 990 suspected cases have been reported in the ongoing outbreak of which over 110 are confirmed.
Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus that spreads from person-to-person via infected droplets. Outbreaks occur frequently in under-vaccinated populations.

The Ministry of Health has implemented a vaccination campaign and have strengthened the surveillance and outbreak control measures

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Congo (DRC): Ebola outbreak in Bikoro

Since the beginning of April, more than 50 suspected, probable or confirmed cases have been identified in Bikoro, Iboko, Ntondo and Wangata (an area in the city of Mbandaka) health zones in Equateur province.

Of the total, over 35 cases have been confirmed. Five of them are healthcare workers. At least 25 people have died in this outbreak. Over 900 contacts in Bikoro, Iboko and Mbandaka are under surveillance

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Medical Alert 11–18 May 2018 - week 20

Canada: norovirus outbreak


Over 170 people have fallen ill after eating raw or improperly cooked oysters. The illnesses have been associated with oysters available at groceries, markets and restaurants from Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario. Several cases have tested positive for norovirus infection. Authorities are investigating the outbreak further.

Noroviruses, in particular, are highly contagious and tiny amounts of infectious material can make someone sick. 

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Medical Alert 27 April – 4 May 2018 - week 18

Uganda: Cholera outbreak A cholera outbreak in Hoima district in the western part of Uganda is ongoing. Since the outbreak began in mid-February, over 2,000 suspected cases, and more than 40 deaths, have been reported New areas have been affected: the sub-counties of Bugambe, Buseruka, Hoima, Kabwoya, and Kahoora.

The settlements close to the landing sites at the shores of Lake Albert are most vulnerable to infection, the majority of cases are newly arrived refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) however, some local communities have been affected.

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