Namibia records fatal case of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever

Namibia records fatal case of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever

Namibian authorities have reported a fatal case of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) and said they’re following at least 27 contacts for possible exposure, with two dozen health workers counted among them. The male patient fell ill in Gobabis, a town not far from Namibia’s eastern border with Botswana, according to…

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DR Congo road damage cuts off flooded towns from assistance

DR Congo road damage cuts off flooded towns from assistance

Floods and landslides that claimed more than 400 in lives in Democratic Republic of Congo also have blocked roads, cutting off some of the most affected villages and complicating recovery efforts. “These people need help now,” said Peter Musoko, country representative for the World Food Program, who visited the Kalehe…

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Senegal reports case of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever

Authorities in Senegal are reporting a case of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF), a disease transmitted by ticks and infected animals that results in death in up to 40% of cases. The Ministry of Health of Senegal said the case was confirmed in a 35-year-old butcher living in Guédiawaye, just northeast…

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South Africa opens vaccine production facility

South Africa is moving forward with plans to produce mRNA vaccines at a facility in Cape Town, where leaders including Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of the World Health Organization were on hand for a ribbon-cutting at the technology hub facility launched by biotech firm Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines. Afrigen has…

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Malawi death toll rises to 447 as storm Freddy recovery begins

The death toll following tropical storm Freddy has risen to at least 447 in hard-hit Malawi, where President Lazarus Chakwera has declared a two-week period of mourning and closed schools in affected areas through the end of the month. Another 282 people were still missing as of Saturday, according to…

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Mozambique deals with flooding in aftermath of Storm Freddy

Authorities in Mozambique say excessive rainfall from the remnants of Tropical Storm Freddy continue to threaten the southern African nation, with the National Institute of Meteorology (INAM) forecasting rains of 200 millimeters through Monday in the Gaza, Manica, Inhambane, and Sofala. The storm’s landfall on Friday followed two weeks of…

Marburg virus confirmed in EG, region steps up health measures

Equatorial Guinea has confirmed its first-ever outbreak of Marburg virus disease, with at least nine fatalities that have forced a lockdown in Nsok Nsomo and the Kie Ntem district near the border with Gabon and Cameroon. Officials with the World Health Organization (WHO) said samples were taken from those infected…

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Gabon, Cameroon step up health measures following EG deaths

In Equatorial Guinea, there’s not yet a confirmed diagnosis of the suspected hemorrhagic fever illness that has claimed up to 20 lives and forced a lockdown in the Nsok Nsomo and Kie Ntem districts near the border with Gabon and Cameroon. Health officials on Sunday were still waiting for laboratory…

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Uganda declares end to Ebola outbreak

Uganda declared an end to its Ebola outbreak on Wednesday, after completing a 42-day waiting period in which no new cases emerged. The announcement came less than four months after the first case was identified in September. “Uganda put a swift end to the Ebola outbreak by ramping up key…

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Ghana begins new COVID policy for China travel

Beginning on Friday, travelers arriving in Ghana from China will require screening for COVID-19 due to concern over the current rise of coronavirus cases in China. They will need to produce a 48-hour negative PCR test and undergo a mandatory antigen test on arrival. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is…

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Uganda sends last known Ebola patient home from hospital

In Uganda, a patient with the last known active Ebola virus infection has been discharged from the hospital in what authorities hope will mean an end to the outbreak is on the horizon. “We continue to follow up actively the remaining contacts till they complete 21 days,” said Dr. Diana…

SA’s Biovac seals deal to produce cholera vaccines in Africa

South Africa’s Biovac has announced a deal with the nonprofit International Vaccine Institute (IVI) to begin manufacturing cholera vaccines, a move that will advance the African continent’s goal of manufacturing its own vaccines. The licensing and technology transfer deal will mean that Biovac is equipped to make oral cholera vaccines…