Travel Health News Digest (12 July 2010)
Worldwide: Pandemic Influenza (H1N1) 2009
As of 4 July 2010, worldwide more than 214 countries and overseas territories or communities have reported laboratory confirmed cases of pandemic influenza H1N1 2009, including over 18 311 deaths.
(Source: World Health Organization 9 July 2010)
India: Japanese Encephalitis
has raised an epidemic alert in the state of Manipur after 3 fatal cases of suspected Acute Encephalitis Syndrome has been reported. More than 100 suspected cases have been found mostly in the valley districts of the state. Laboratory confirmation of Japanese Encephalitis
(Source: ProMED-mail 7 July 2010)
Myanmar: Plague, human
An outbreak of human Plague
has been reported in Yangon, the capital of Myanmar
(Source: ProMED-mail 6 July 2010)
Mainland: Anthrax, human
In the Mainland
, 5 cases of cutaneous Anthrax
have been reported recently in Gongzhuling city, Jilin province.
(Source: ProMED-mail 8 July 2010)
Mongolia: Anthrax, human and livestock
, 3 confirmed and 7 suspected human cases of Anthrax
were reported in Selenge. Anthrax also occurred in the livestock of the region.
(Source: ProMED-mail 9 July 2010)
, a number of confirmed cases of Measles
have been reported in Amur Oblast over the last few months. Epidemiological investigation has shown that many of the infected people recently visited China
(Source: Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom 7 July 2010)
South Africa: Measles
As of 29 June, 16 594 cases of Measles
have been reported in South Africa
this year. In addition, Australia
has reported a confirmed case of Measles in a traveller returning to Australia after attending world cup matches in South Africa.
(Source: National Institute for Communicable Diseases 6 July 2010 & ProMED-mail 9 July 2010)
Africa: Rift Valley Fever, human and livestock
As of 9 July 2010, South Africa
has confirmed a total of 227 human cases of Rift Valley Fever
and 25 deaths. The outbreaks of the disease in the livestock were also found in the farms.
In Namibia, outbreaks of Rift Valley Fever in the livestock have been reported at 6 more farms, bringing the total number of farms to 14.
In Botswana, an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever among livestock has been reported in a village in Gaborone, and it is the first recorded case of the disease in the country.
(Source: National Institute for Communicable Diseases 9 July 2010 & ProMED-mail 8 & 9 July 2010)