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Africa’s deadly diseases

Cholera: in week 3 there were 662 cases and 8 deaths in DRC; in week 4 there were 12 cases and 1 death in Cameroon and 168 cases in Ethiopia; in week 5 Kenya reported 81 new cases (which brings the total to 145 since January 1); in the two weeks from January 9 to January 24 Malawi had 3 cases.

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF): from January 5 to February 2, there have been 14 cases and 7 deaths in Mali

Ebola: from February 2 to February 9 there were 10 cases and 7 new deaths. No new cases have been reported in the past 42 days in 23 regions.

Lassa Fever: Between 1 January and 2 February 2020, a cumulative total of 1 226 suspected cases,  365 confirmed cases and 47 death were reported in Nigeria.

Measles: in week 3 there were 21 suspected cases in Niger; in week 4 there were 229 suspected cases in Chad, 3484 in DRC and 839 in Ethiopia (where 6 deaths were also recorded); in week 5 there were 25 suspected cases in Liberia and 19 in Mali (where three cases were confirmed). From 1 to week 3 there were 4701 suspected cases, 24 confirmed cases and 23 deaths in South Sudan. From 1 to week 5 there were 922 suspected cases in Central African Republic. From January 13 to 24, 34 suspected cases were reported in Seychelles. Measles is reported from 43 districts in Cameroon.

Poliomyelitis: this week 12 new cases were reported in Angola, no new cases were reported in all the other countries that had previously been affected by the disease

for more information see: https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/330862/OEW06-0309022020.pdf

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