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.

A public health response is underway including the set up of treatment centres, efforts to improve water quality and sanitation, and enhanced surveillance.

Cholera spreads via contaminated food and water.

Réunion (France): Rise in dengue
More than 1,300 cases of dengue have been reported since the beginning of the year, nearly 400 of which were recorded in the second week of April. The number of infections has been rising every week since late January.

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