Lassa fever cases in Sierra Leone, Dutch doctor dies

25 Nov 2019

By ProMED


Source: US CDC Public Health Image Library

Share
We publish regular updates on outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases from across the world.
Information available within this Disease Outbreak Update is produced by Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED)

Note: Content may be edited for style and length.

Lassa fever

Location

Sierra Leone

Outbreak Update

A Dutch doctor who was evacuated from Sierra Leone after contracting Lassa fever has died in hospital. The medic was flown home on Tuesday 19 November, after being infected in the northern town of Masanga, an area not previously known to have been affected. A second doctor who was also evacuated is being treated for the disease.

In Nigeria, 10 new confirmed cases were reported over the past week. From 1 January to 10 November 2019, a total of 4500 suspected cases have been reported from 23 states. Of these, 764 were confirmed positive, 19 probable and 3717 negative (not a case). Since the onset of the 2019 outbreak, there have been 160 deaths in confirmed cases. Case fatality ratio in confirmed cases is 20.9%. The male to female ratio for confirmed cases is 1:1 and a total of 19 health care workers have been infected since the onset of the outbreak.

The National Lassa Fever Multi-Partner, Multi-Sectoral Technical Working Group (TWG) continues to coordinate response activities at all levels in Nigeria. 15 patients are currently being managed at various treatment centres across the country and a total of 8400 contacts have been identified.

Sources:

BBC News, 24 November 2019

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, 10 November 2019

See the full ProMED post

 

Ebola

Location

Democratic Republic of Congo

Outbreak Update

Since the beginning of the epidemic, the cumulative number of cases is 3296, of which 3178 are confirmed and 118 are probable. In total, there were 2197 deaths (2079 confirmed and 118 probable) and 1074 people healed.
– 544 suspected cases under investigation;
– No new confirmed cases;
– 1 new death of confirmed cases in the CTE in North Kivu in Beni; no new community deaths have been recorded;
– 4 people healed from CTE in North Kivu in Mabalako;
– No health worker is among the new confirmed cases. The cumulative number of confirmed / probable cases among health workers is 163 (5% of all confirmed / probable cases), including 41 deaths.

To date, 254 151 people have been vaccinated with rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine produced by Merck and 243 have been vaccinated with the second Ebola vaccine, produced by Johnson & Johnson.

Since the beginning of the epidemic, the total number of travelers checked at the sanitary control points is 118 357 153.

Sources:

CMRE Epidemiological Situation Update, 21 November 2019

See the full ProMED post

ProMED

ProMED

The Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED), a program of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, is an internet-based reporting system) dedicated to rapid global dissemination of information on outbreaks of infectious diseases and acute exposures to toxins that affect human health, including those in animals and in plants grown for food or animal feed. Find out more on their website www.promedmail.org