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Travel Health News Digest (8 January 2006)
Two cases of Tularemia, also known as "rabbit fever," had been detected in Grand Island of Central Nebraska, USA, in the past 2 weeks. The disease naturally exists, but human cases are very rare in Central Nebraska, about 3 to 4 cases a year.
In southeastern Zimbabwe, 4 more people had died in a Cholera outbreak bringing the death toll to 11. In the neighboring Chikomba district, 7 people died last week. Since the 1st outbreak in late December 2005, 181 cases of Cholera had been recorded.
In Tanzania, at least 40 people had contracted Cholera in Dar es Salaam since the disease resurfaced in the city a week ago. The worst-hit areas were Buguruni had 17 patients, Tabata, Kigogo and Vingunguti each reported 3 cases. Other areas hit by the outbreak included Kitunda, Mchikichini, Ilala, Mabibo, Kinyerezi, Ukonga and Kiwalani.
In Blantyre of Malawi, 7 people had died from Cholera. The health officials said as of last week there were 117 cases of Cholera recorded in the country.
An outbreak of Cholera in the district of Kabuga, Rwanda had so far claimed over 10 lives.
As of 4 January, an outbreak of Cholera had resulted in 23 deaths and 40 hospitalization in Ogun and Lagos states, and 5 deaths and more than 20 critically ill in Bayelsa State in Nigeria.
New Avian Influenza outbreak was confirmed in Sichuan province, Mainland. More than 1 800 poultry were found dead on 22 December 2005 on a farm in Sichuan's Dazhu county. H5N1 strain of the virus was confirmed.
In Turkey, the Ministry of Health had confirmed a total of 4 cases of human infection with H5N1 Avian Influenza. The first case was a 14-year-old boy from Dogubayazit of Agri. He was hospitalised in Van Province on 1 January and died on the same day. The second case was his 15-year-old sister who was hospitalised on 1 January and died on 5 January. The other two cases are both children aged five and eight years. They are hospitalized. About 30 patients had been hospitalised in Van Province with symptoms suggesting infection with Avian Influenza up to now this year.
In Turkey, the Ministry of Health had announced additional 10 patients affected with Avian Influenza H5N1 virus. This brought the total number of cases to 14. Of these patients, two had died. Most patients were children and all had been hospitalised for treatment. Some 38 people were currently being treated and evaluated for possible H5N1 infection. Provinces reported with human cases included Agri, Ankara, Corum, Kastamonu, Samsun and Van.
Mainland confirmed its 8th human infection with H5N1 Avian Influenza on 9 Jan 2006. The case was a six-year-old boy who came from Guiyang county in Hunan province. He developed symptoms in December 2005 and was undergoing treatment in hospital.
Turkey confirmed 2 more cases of human infection with H5 subtype Avian influenza. The patients were residents of Sanliurfa Province and Siirt Province. Both patients were young children, aged 4 and 6 years, and both had a documented history of direct contact with diseased birds. The Ministry of Health had reported 18 laboratory-confirmed cases, of which 3 had been fatal. Human cases have now been reported from nine of the country's 81 provinces.
Last revision date: 03 December 2012