Travel Health Service Year 2009

Travel Health News

Travel Health News Digest (16 March 2009)

Germany: Avian Influenza, poultry

In Bayern of Germany, one wild bird was tested positive for H5N1 Avian Influenza.
(Source: World Organisation for Animal Health 10 March 2009)


Africa: Meningitis

The United Nations reported a total of 13 516 cases of Meningococcal Meningitis including 931 deaths in 4 West African countries in 2009. Nigeria was the most affected with 9 086 cases and 562 deaths. Niger reported 2 620 cases and 113 deaths. Burkina Faso reported 1 756 cases and 250 deaths. Mali reported 54 cases and 6 deaths."
(Source: ProMED-mail 13 March 2009)


Angola: Rabies [update 1]

As of 10 March this year, at least 93 children deaths due to Rabies were reported in the capital Luanda of Angola. The number of cases reported daily is decreasing.
(Source: ProMED-mail 12 March 2009)


Egypt: Avian Influenza, human

Egypt reported 2 new human cases of Avian Influenza affecting a two and a half-year-old boy from Amaria District, Alexandria Governorate and a one and a half-year-old girl from Menofia Governorate. Both of them required hospitalization and were in stable condition.  Investigations revealed both cases had history of contact with sick or dead poultry. Of the 58 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 23 were fatal.
(Source: ProMED-mail 10 March 2009 and World Health Organization 11 March 2009)