Category «Infectious Diseases»

Listeria: Deadly outbreak

South Africa is in the middle of a difficult conundrum with health officials scrambling to locate the source of the deadly listeriosis outbreak. According to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases [NICD], listeriosis has so far claimed the lives of 172 people. As of February this year there were over 900 laboratory-confirmed cases of listeriosis. …

Invest in health to end plague in Madagascar

World Health Organization

ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR – The Director-General of WHO has outlined his vision for a Madagascar free of plague epidemics during a three-day visit to the island nation that started on 7 January 2018. “Madagascar can make plague epidemics a thing of the past through strategic investments in its health system – including better access to healthcare, …

WHO Update on Plague in Madagascar

World Health Organization

* Since August 2017, Madagascar is experiencing a large outbreak of plague affecting major cities and other non-endemic areas. * From 1 August through 30 October 2017, a total of 1801 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of plague, including 127 deaths, have been reported by the Ministry of Health of Madagascar to WHO * Since …

Malaria outbreak in Limpopo and Mpumalanga

Malaria outbreak in Limpopo and Mpumalanga Following the malaria outbreaks in Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, there has been daily monitoring of the developments through the district outbreak response meetings. However, the overall number of reported malaria cases has declined in the provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo over the past two weeks. There have been a …

WHO supports proposed sugar-sweetened beverages tax in South Africa

The World Health Organization supports the consideration of Government of South Africa of introduction of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) to help reduce excessive sugar intake. This is one of interventions proposed in the Strategy for the prevention and control of obesity in South Africa 2015-2020. WHO has supported introduction of such taxes since …