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Travel Health News Digest (19 March 2013 - 25 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 is a contact of the previous case reported by WHO on 12 March 2013. This person suffered a mild illness, and has recovered and been discharged from hospital. To date, WHO has been informed of a global total of 16 confirmed cases of human infection with novel coronavirus, including nine deaths.

(Source: World Health Organization 23 March 2013)


Netherlands: Avian Influenza, poultry

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

(Source: ProMED-mail 21 March 2013)


Vietnam: Mumps

Health authorities in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai in Vietnam reported an outbreak of mumps in Bao Yen District, with 50 people infected so far.

(Source: ProMED-mail 20 March 2013)


Bolivia: Bolivian Haemorrhagic Fever

An outbreak of Bolivian Haemorrhagic Fever was noted in Beni Department of Bolivia. A total of 13 people have been affected and 7 deaths were resulted.

(Source: ProMED-mail 17 March 2013)


New Zealand: Cryptosporidiosis

In Hawkes Bay of New Zealand, cases of Cryptosporidiosis infection continued to increase with number of infection reached nearly 90 this year.

(Source: ProMED-mail 17 March 2013)


Global: Measles

Cases of measles infection continued to increase particularly in Merseyside, North East and South West Wales of United Kingdom.

In Nigeria, 500 cases of measles infection were recorded in Kaduna from December last year while an ongoing measles outbreak which has killed 36 children and affected over 4000 people has been noted in Northern Nigeria since 16 February 2013. Moreover, over 2500 cases have been recorded in Kebbi in the last 2 months.

(Source: ProMED-mail 17 March 2013)



Last revision date: 24 March 2013