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05.10.2022

Vietnam

Dengue

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Update – Dengue fever cases continue to increase in most districts and cities in Vietnam, particularly South and Central region. Public health officials have reported an increase in activity of more than three times compared to last year. A few deaths were reported in patients who developed a severe form of dengue.
This disease is being transmitted within the community.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
27, September 2022

05.10.2022

Zimbabwe

Measles

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Update – Since the start of the outbreak in April, over 6,500 people have been infected and more than 700 deaths have been recorded, many of them unvaccinated children. The Manicaland Province reports almost half of cases, other provinces reporting large number of cases are Mashonaland West, East and Central, Midlands, Masvingo and Harare.
This disease is being transmitted within the community.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
27, September 2022 >6500

05.10.2022

Syria

Cholera

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Update – Authorities report at least 98 laboratory confirmed cases of cholera and over 360 probable cases which tested positive on Rapid Diagnostic Tests. More than 5,900 suspected cases have been identified, and 36 cholera related deaths have been reported. Affected governorates include Aleppo, Latakia, Damascus, Homs, Deir-ez-Zor, Ar-Raqqa, Al Hasakah, Hama, Rural Damascus, and As-Sweida. The source of infection is still being investigated, but it is suspected to arise from drinking unsafe water from the Euphrates River and using contaminated water for irrigation.
This disease is being transmitted within the community.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
28, September 2022 98

05.10.2022

Uganda

Ebola

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Update – The first case identified in Ngabano village in Madudu Sub County, Mubende District, Central Region a 24-year-old manhas died. The case was confirmed after an investigation by the National Rapid Response team into six suspicious deaths in Mubende District in the last month. Cases have increased rapidly, and in addition to cases in Mubende, cases have also been confirmed in Kassanda (Central Region) and Kyegegwa and Kagadi (Western Region). Authorities have reported at least 51 cases and 24 deaths.
This disease is being transmitted within the community.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
30, September 2022 >51 14

05.10.2022

USA

Swine flu

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Update – The most recent case of swine-origin influenza A(H1N2)v was reported in Georgia in a patient under 18 years of age, who had recent contact with swine at an agricultural fair prior to their illness. Two different variants have been detected which include three cases of A(H3N2)v, and five cases of A(H1N2)v (including the case in Georgia). The states in which these infections have been confirmed include West Virginia (3), Ohio (1), Oregon (1), Wisconsin (1), and Michigan (1).
Currently, transmission appears to be sporadic.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
24, September 2022 8 1
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05.10.2022

USA

Polio

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New – Health officials from New York state have alerted the public to a case of polio in a resident of Rockland County. The patient, who had never been vaccinated against polio, developed paralysis in June. The Governor of New York declared a disaster through 9 October, allowing broader access to vaccination to help curb the spread.
Currently, transmission appears to be sporadic.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
30, September 2022 1

05.10.2022

Vietnam

Rabies

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Update – In the 1st 8 months of 2022, Vietnam had 40 human rabies deaths. Although the number of deaths from rabies in some provinces decreased significantly, the number of deaths still increased compared to the previous period.
This disease is being transmitted within the community.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
29, September 2022 >40

05.10.2022

Philippines

Leptospirosis

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New – Cases of leptospirosis have increased after periods of heavy rain. Regions reporting the most cases include Metro Manila, Western and Central Visayas, Cagayan Valley and Davao. Compared to 2021, deaths recorded have increased by 54% countrywide; Western Visayas and Metro Manila report a majority of them.
This disease is being transmitted within the community.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
28, September 2022

05.10.2022

Somalia

Measles

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Update – Cases of measles continue to increase in an ongoing outbreak. The number of cases reported this year is much higher than in 2021. Children under five have been most affected. The risk of measles and related deaths is increased by the high rates of malnutrition associated with the drought and humanitarian crisis in the country. Vaccination coverage in Somalia is low and vaccination campaigns are being prioritised by health authorities.
This disease is being transmitted within the community.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
26, September 2022

05.10.2022

Philippines

Dengue

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Update – Many areas in the country are experiencing dengue activity considerably higher than last year with more than double the number of cases recorded. Deaths have also occurred. The worst affected regions include Central Luzon, the National Capital Region, Central Visayas, Western Visayas, and the Zamboanga Peninsula. Case numbers have significantly increased in the Cagayan Valley region as well. The most affected group are children under the age of 15.
This disease is being transmitted within the community.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
27, September 2022

05.10.2022

Puerto Rico

Leptospirosis

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Update – Puerto Rico, health officials advise, having contact with water, soil, or food that may have been contaminated by contact with urine (or other secretions) of infected animals. To date there is a reported total of 72 suspected cases after the passage of Hurricane Fiona.
This disease is being transmitted within the community.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
30, September 2022 72

05.10.2022

Somalia

Cholera

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Update – There is an ongoing outbreak of cholera in the country with uninterrupted transmission since 2017. An increase in cases has been reported since early August, particularly in drought-affected areas. Regions reporting the highest number of cases this year are Bakool, Banaadir, Bay, Hirshabelle and Lower Shabelle. A majority of infections are in children under 2 years of age.
This disease is being transmitted within the community.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
26, September 2022

05.10.2022

Spain

Pertussis

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Update – The province of Huesca has registered a community outbreak of whooping cough [pertussis] in the past week, with 15 cases so far in 2 adults and 13 children aged between 1 month and 7 years.
Currently, the transmission at this location appears to be within a cluster.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
29, September 2022 15

05.10.2022

Laos

Dengue

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Update – Laos is experiencing high dengue activity with Vientiane reporting the highest number. Thousands of cases have been reported this year, multiple times higher than that observed during the same period in 2021. A few deaths have occurred as well.
This disease is being transmitted within the community.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
26, September 2022 >1000

05.10.2022

Greece

West Nile Virus

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Update – Over 230 people have been infected across 12 regions in central and northern Greece bordering the Aegean Sea. More than 150 people developed a more serious form of the infection which includes central nervous system (CNS) symptoms and at least 19 people have died due to WNV.
This disease is being transmitted within the community.

Date Total number of cases Number of new cases
24, September 2022 >230

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