Travel Health Service Year 2008

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Travel Health News Digest (29 September 2008)

Vietnam: Avian Influenza, poultry

H5N1 Avian Influenza virus was detected in a flock of ducks from a farm in the southern province of Ca Mau, Vietnam. A total of 50 were killed among 500 ducks in the farm. Authorities have culled all the ducks at the farm.
(Source: ProMED-mail 27 September 2008)


India: Leishmaniasis

In India, 17 637 cases of Visceral Leishimaniasis including 75 deaths were reported in the north and northeast of the country in 2008.
(Source: ProMED-mail 28 September 2008)


Mexico: Hepatitis A

In Mexico, more than 290 cases of Hepatitis A were reported in Queretaro State so far this year.
(Source: ProMED-mail 28 September 2008)


Brazil: Dengue Fever

In Brazil, Rio de Janeiro has registered 243 041 cases of Dengue Fever with 172 deaths. The city of Rio de Janeiro alone has 98 deaths.
(Source: ProMED-mail 22 September 2008)


Peru: Dengue Fever

Peru has reported 2 466 laboratory-confirmed Dengue Fever cases and 5 430 probable cases.
(Source: ProMED-mail 22 September 2008)


Iraq: Cholera

A Cholera outbreak continues to spread in central and southern Iraq with 65 new cases registered over the past week, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 172 including 5 deaths.
(Source: ProMED-mail 22 September 2008)


Guinea: Yellow Fever

The Ministry of Health, Guinea has reported two cases of Yellow fever on 20 August and 12 September 2008. The two cases were reported in N'zérékoré.  Both cases had no history of yellow fever vaccinations.
(Sources: World Health Organization 29 September 2008)


Guinea-Bissau: Cholera

As of 21 September, an outbreak of Cholera affecting 7 166 people including 133 deaths was reported in Guinea-Bissau. Bissau, Biombo, Bijagos and Oio are seriously hit by the disease.
(Source: World Health Organization` 24 September 2008)


Zimbabwe: Cholera

Zimbabwe has recorded 17 new cases of diarrhea and Cholera in a suburb in Harare. People blamed the outbreaks on uncollected refuse, unavailability of clean water and sewer line blockages.
(Source: ProMED-mail 22 September 2008)


Fiji: Dengue Fever

The Ministry of Health is bracing for more cases of Dengue Fever, with 815 people affected so far since August.
(Source: ProMED-mail 22 September 2008)


Mainland: Plague, human

Xizang zizhiqu (Tibet) of the Mainland reported an outbreak of Plague. A couple from Linzhi contracted Pneumonic Plague in September and both died of the disease.  Tibet is endemic of Plague with the Himalayan marmots as the main natural reservoir of the disease.  There were 5 human cases of Plague in 2005 and no human case was reported in 2006 and 2007.
(Source: Ministry of Health, China 30 September 2008)