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WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies, Week 44: 28 October - 03 November 2017 (Data as reported by 17:00; 03 November 2017)

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This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 44 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

Dengue fever in Senegal

Dengue fever in Burkina Faso

Plague in Madagascar

Marburg virus disease in Uganda

Yellow fever in Nigeria

Humanitarian Crisis in Central African Republic

Humanitarian Crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

For each of these events, a brief description followed by public health measures implemented and an interpretation of the situation is provided.

A table is provided at the end of the bulletin with information on all new and ongoing public health events currently being monitored in the region, as well as events that have recently been closed.

Major challenges include:

The outbreak of dengue fever in Burkina Faso is rapidly increasing. While the overall case fatality rate is low, the manifestation of haemorrhagic syndrome among the deaths is concerning.

The humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic is increasingly deteriorating, with shrinking humanitarian space.