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15.05.2024

Yemen

Cholera

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Update – The number of confirmed cholera cases in Yemen have increased to reach 20,000, with 114 deaths during the previous few weeks.
This disease is being transmitted within the community.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
05, November 2024 > 20,000

15.05.2024

Saudi Arabia

MERS

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Update – A MERS-CoV outbreak showed up in Saudi Arabia after reporting 3 cases who had no direct contact to camels. Out of the cases, a man with underlying health conditions died after being hospitalized with symptoms of cough, fever and body ache. The remaining two men, aged 60, tested positive.
Currently, transmission appears to be sporadic.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
05, November 2024 2

15.05.2024

Saudi Arabia

Botulism

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New – Food poisoning incidents were linked to Hamburgini restaurants, and specifically to the bacterium “Clostridium botulinum” detected in mayonnaise from the BON TUM brand used at the restaurant.
This disease is being transmitted within the community.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
01, January 1970

15.05.2024

Jordan

Food poisoning

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New – 43 cases of food poisoning were registered to Princess Iman Governmental Hospital in the Deir Alla area, west of Balqa Governorate. Food poisoning resulted from consuming shawarma meals from a restaurant in the same area.
This disease is being transmitted within the community.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
05, November 2024 43 43

02.05.2024

Saudi Arabia

Food poisoning

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New – Several food poisoning cases were reported in Riyadh, with 15 confirmed incidents traced to a single establishents which has since been closed. The affected individuals received necessary medical care.
Currently, the transmission at this location appears to be within a cluster.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
01, January 1970 15

04.04.2024

Yemen

Measles

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Update – Many children with complicated cases of measles were received by a hopsital.
This disease is being transmitted within the community.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
28, March 2024

04.04.2024

Jordan

Food poisoning

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New – A woman and her 2 children suffered from food poisoning after eating “hummus and falafel” from a restaurant in the Jabal Al-Atmat area in Jerash Governorate. The patients were taken to Jerash Governmental Hospital and were suffering from abdominal pain and vomiting. They were given first aid and admitted for observation and treatment.
Currently, transmission appears to be sporadic.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
29, March 2024 3 3

20.03.2024

Lebanon

Parvovirus B19

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New – The rapid spread of an infectious virus in Beqaa led to the closure of several schools in the region after cases of B19 infection, or “slapped cheek” syndrome. The virus has been widespread among children from approximately 5 to 15 years old.
This disease is being transmitted within the community.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
13, March 2024

20.03.2024

Iraq

Measles

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Update – Al-Diwaniyah [Al-Qadisiyah] Governorate officially recorded 7 deaths and 1930 cases of measles among children in health institutions.
This disease is being transmitted within the community.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
13, March 2024 1930

28.02.2024

Syria

Brucellosis

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New – The Director of Health Care, province of Hamah, Syria, has reported that 49 cases of human brucellosis per 100 000 persons were registered in the past year, which, is within a normal range.
This disease is being transmitted within the community.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
27, February 2024

29.11.2023

Syria

Leishmaniasis

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Update – Leishmania cases have been increasing in 2023 and have surpassed the numbers recorded last year. These numbers are attributed to the failure to a achieve environmental sanitation conditions in most of the areas where the disease spreads.
This disease is being transmitted within the community.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
28, November 2023 14642 1114

01.11.2023

United Arab Emirates

Monkeypox

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Update
Currently, the transmission at this location appears to be within a cluster.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
16, October 2023 16

01.11.2023

Saudi Arabia

Monkeypox

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Update
Currently, transmission appears to be sporadic.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
16, October 2023 8

01.11.2023

Qatar

Monkeypox

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New
Currently, transmission appears to be sporadic.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
16, October 2023 5

01.11.2023

Lebanon

Monkeypox

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Update
Currently, the transmission at this location appears to be within a cluster.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
16, October 2023 27

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