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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.
For more information, please visit WHO's website.

(Source: World Health Organization 9 July 2010)


India: Japanese Encephalitis

India 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 is pending.

(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

In Mongolia, 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)


Russia: Measles

In Russia, 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)



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