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Measles – Japan

On 16 May 2018, Japan’s National International Health Regulations Focal Point (NFP) notified WHO of an ongoing outbreak of measles in Japan. On 20 March 2018, a traveller from overseas was diagnosed with measles in Okinawa prefecture, and thereafter additional cases of measles were reported from across the prefecture and later from other prefectures. In light of the situation, on 11 and 26 April 2018, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) circulated two alert notices.

Rift Valley fever – Kenya

On 8 June 2018, the Ministry of Health (MoH) for Kenya confirmed an outbreak of Rift Valley fever. The first patient was admitted to a hospital in Wajir County in north-eastern Kenya on 2 June with fever, body weakness, and bleeding from the gums and mouth. The patient reported having consumed meat from a sick animal; the patient died the same day. On 4 June, two relatives of the index patient were admitted. Blood samples were collected and sent to the Kenya Medical Research Institute, one of which was confirmed positive for Rift Valley fever on 6 June.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

Disease news outbreak for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in Saudi Arabia.

Cholera – Cameroon

Disease outbreak news for cholera in Cameroon.

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

Disease news outbreak for ebola in DRC.


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