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Travel Health News Digest (12 March 2013 - 18 March 2013 )

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Novel Coronavirus Infection [Update]

The Ministry of Health in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has informed World Health Organization (WHO) of a new confirmed case of infection with the novel coronavirus. The patient, a 39-year-old male, was hospitalized on 28 February 2013 and died on 2 March 2013. To date, WHO has been informed of a global total of 15 confirmed cases of human infection with novel coronavirus, including nine deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 12 March 2013)


Netherlands: Avian Influenza, poultry

Avian influenza virus subtype H7 has been identified on a poultry farm in Lochem, Netherlands.

(Source: ProMED-mail12 March 2013)


Philippines: Rabies

A man from Cebu City in Philippines was infected with rabies  after being bitten by his pet dog.

(Source: ProMED-mail12 March 2013)


Philippines: Chikungunya Fever

An outbreak of Chikungunya Fever was detected in villages of Marikaban, Philippines with 55 suspected cases recorded since January.

(Source: ProMED-mail 11 March 2013)


Nigeria: Lassa Fever

In Kebbi State, Nigeria, 8 fatal cases of Lassa Fever was reported since 27 February 2013 while 3 other affected persons were still under treatment.

(Source: ProMED-mail 11 March 2013)


Mozambique: Cholera

A cholera outbreak in the northernmost province of Cabo Delgado has spread to Cuamba district in the neighboring province of Niassa, Mozambique. Up to 2 March 2013, 33 cases had been reported in Cuamba.

(Source: ProMED-mail 11 March 2013)


Republic of Congo: Cholera

A cholera outbreak which was detected in Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo has caused 289 cases and 8 deaths.

(Source: ProMED-mail 11 March 2013)


United Kingdom: Salmonella outbreak

In Newcastle, United Kingdom, a total of 250 cases of Salmonella infection were reported after the Street Spicy event held from 28 February to 2 March 2013.

(Source: ProMED-mail 11 March 2013)


India: Avian Influenza, poultry

In Bihar, India, an outbreak of H5N1 Avian Influenza which has killed 338 birds since 27 February 2013 was detected.

(Source: World Organisation for Animal Health 9 March 2013)


Macau: Enterovirus 71 Infection  

A case of Enterovirus 71 infection affecting a 1-month-old boy was reported in Macau. The case had onset of symptoms on 1 March 2013 and was hospitalized on 2 March 2013. 

(Source: Department of Health, Macau SAR 8 March 2013)



Last revision date: 13 March 2013