Travel Health Service Year 2008

Travel Health News

Travel Health News Digest (27 October 2008)

Mainland: Measles

In the Mainland, 2 156 cases of Measles were reported in Shenzhen in the first nine months of this year. This represented a 50% decrease as compared with the same period last year.
(Source: ProMED-mail 22 October 2008)


Germany: Avian Influenza, poultry

In Germany, several ducks from a farm in Saxony were tested positive for H5N1 Avian Influenza. All poultry were culled.
(Source: Pro-MED mail 22 October 2008)


India: Malaria

In India, 88 cases of Falciparum Malaria were reported among the police force deployed to the hilly Dantewada and Bijapur districts in Chhattisgarh.
(Source: ProMED-mail 22 October 2008)


Iraq: Cholera [update 4]

The recent report of Ministry of Health indicated that 531 confirmed Cholera cases were registered in Iraq as of 20 Oct 2008.
(Source: ProMED-mail 23 October 2008)


Africa: Cholera

In Democratic Republic of the Congo, outbreaks of Cholera were reported in several provinces. The affected provinces included Katanga, North Kivu and South Kivu.
As of 5 October 2008, 3 675 cases of Cholera including 22 deaths were reported in Ethiopia.
In Guinea-Bissau, the outbreak of Cholera continued to affect the country. As of 11 October 2008, a total of 10 872 cases with 185 deaths were reported.
In Niger, outbreaks of Cholera were reported in Tahoua and Maradi. A total of 948 cases including 70 deaths have been reported since the beginning of the outbreak.
In Nigeria, an outbreak of Cholera was reported in a camp in Gombe.
In Somalia, 15 deaths due to Cholera were reported in Galguduud.
In Zimbabwe, an outbreak of Cholera affecting at least 500 people with 11 deaths was reported in Mashonaland West.
(Source: ProMED-mail 23 October 2008)


Madagascar: Plague

In Madagascar, an outbreak of Plague which killed 4 people was reported in Toamasina.
(Source: ProMED-mail 26 October 2008)


Oceania: Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever is scorching through the Pacific Islands. The American Samoa has reported 200 cases so far this year including 1 death. Most of the cases have occurred in the past 6 weeks. There were only 109 cases in the country in 2007. Fiji has already reported nearly 2 000 cases. The outbreak has swept across the country in the recent weeks with almost 1 300 cases in the central region and the west being worst hit.
(Source: ProMED-mail 20 October 2008)