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

The gastrointestinal illness outbreak linked to oysters from British Columbia is ongoing.

Brazil: Yellow fever outbreak

An outbreak of yellow fever which began in January 2017, and subsided by September of that year, is growing again in more than 15 states…

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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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Medical Alert 19–26 April 2018 - week 16

Fiji: Dengue Fever Since the start of 2018, over 1,800 confirmed dengue cases have been detected nationwide. In early January, an outbreak was declared in Macuata Province, on the northern island of Vanua Levu. Labasa town in Northern Division was been particularly hard hit.

Further outbreaks were reported 20 February, in Nadi and Ba. These areas are in Western Division on the main island Viti Levu In March, cases were reportedly declining in the west but increasing in the Central Division, mostly around the Suva subdivision The disease is spread by mosquitoes, and is present in both rural and urban areas.

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Medical Alert 9–16 April 2018 - week 15

Uganda:

Cholera outbreak During February, more than 27 000 Congolese refugees have crossed Lake Albert into Uganda and a outbreak of cholera has been declared in the Kyangwali refugee settlement, located in Hoima district, mostly affecting newly arrived refugees from DRC. Since the outbreak began in mid-February, more than 1,460 suspected cases, including more than 30 deaths, have been reported. Further cases have been reported in Kyaka II Refugee settlement in Kyegegwa District.

The settlements close to the landing sites at the shores of Lake Albert are most vulnerable to infection. Cholera cases have been detected in villages around Hoima district, including in the sub-counties of Buseruka, Hoima and Kabwoya.

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