Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)
Polio this week as of 29 June 2017 [GPEI]
:: In Syria, 15 new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were reported in the past week, bringing the total number of cVDPV2 cases in the country to 17. Sixteen of the 17 cases are from Mayadeen district, Deir-Al-Zour governorate, and one case is from Raqua district, Raqua governorate. All cases had onset of paralysis between 3 March and 23 May.
:: The 14th report of the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) has been published, following the group’s meeting in May.[see below]
:: Summary of newly-reported viruses this week: Syria – 15 new circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were isolated from acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases, and four new cVDPV2 isolated from healthy community contacts. Pakistan – one new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) isolated from an environmental sample
Weekly country updates as of 21 June 2017
:: Syrian Arab Republic
In Syria, 15 new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were reported in the past week, bringing the total number of cVDPV2 cases to 17. Sixteen of the 17 cases are from Mayadeen district, Deir-Al-Zour governorate, and one case is from Raqua district, Raqua governorate. All cases had onset of paralysis between 3 March and 23 May. Additionally, four cVDPV2s were also isolated from healthy community contacts, all from Mayadeen (collected in April and May).
Of a total of 65 acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases detected in Deir-Al-Zour since the start of 2017, 16 have now tested positive for cVDPV2 (with the 17th case from Raqua), 22 have tested negative, 5 are pending for final laboratory results and 22 specimens are en route to a laboratory for processing.
Confirmation of these latest cases is not unexpected at this time and does not change the operational situation, as outbreak response plans are being finalized, in line with internationally-agreed outbreak response protocols. Although access to Deir-Al-Zour is compromised due to insecurity, the Governorate has been partially reached by several vaccination campaigns against polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases since the beginning of 2016. Most recently, two campaigns have been conducted in March and April 2017 using the bivalent oral polio vaccine (OPV). However, only limited coverage was possible through these campaigns.
:: Yemen: cholera outbreak suspected cases exceeds 200 000
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 24 June 2017 – Joint news release UNICEF/WHO: The rapidly spreading cholera outbreak in Yemen has exceeded 200 000 suspected cases, increasing at an average of 5000 a day. We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world.
Iraq – No new announcements identified.
Nigeria – No new announcements identified.
South Sudan – No new announcements identified.
WHO Grade 2 Emergencies [to 1 July 2017]
Cameroon – No new announcements identified
Central African Republic – No new announcements identified.
Democratic Republic of the Congo – No new announcements identified.
Ethiopia – No new announcements identified.
Libya – No new announcements identified.
Myanmar – No new announcements identified.
Niger – No new announcements identified.
Ukraine – No new announcements identified
UN OCHA – L3 Emergencies
The UN and its humanitarian partners are currently responding to three ‘L3’ emergencies. This is the global humanitarian system’s classification for the response to the most severe, large-scale humanitarian crises.
:: Iraq: Mosul Humanitarian Response Situation Report No. 38 (12 to 28 June 2017)
Yemen – No new announcements identified
UN OCHA – Corporate Emergencies
When the USG/ERC declares a Corporate Emergency Response, all OCHA offices, branches and sections provide their full support to response activities both at HQ and in the field.
:: Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 27 June 2017
UNICEF [to 1 July 2017]
29 June 2017
UNICEF calls for the protection of children trapped in west Mosul’s violence
BAGHDAD, 29 June 2017 – “Thousands of children continue to be trapped in relentless violence in West Mosul’s Old City neighborhoods as the fighting heavily intensified over the past hours.
Children continue to bear the brunt of multiple emergencies in Sudan
KHARTOUM, Sudan, 28 June 2017 – Over the last few months, Sudan has faced multiple emergencies with the rapid spread of suspected cases of acute watery diarrhea across 12 of its 18 states, a significant influx of South Sudanese refugees, and high rates of malnutrition, especially in the Jebel Marra Area of Central Darfur.
UNICEF airlifts lifesaving supplies to Yemen to combat cholera as cases surpass 200,000
SANA’A, 28 June 2017 –Three UNICEF charter planes have delivered 36 tons of lifesaving medical and water purification supplies to Yemen to scale up efforts to combat the world’s worst cholera outbreak.
The supplies included, 750,000 sachets of Oral Rehydration Salt (ORS) enough to treat 10,000 people, 10.5 million water purification tablets and other sanitation items.
“We are in a race against time. Our teams are working with partners not only to provide treatment to the sick and raise awareness among communities, but also to rapidly replenish and distribute supplies and medicines ”, said Dr Sherin Varkey, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Yemen. “More airlifts of critical supplies will continue in the coming days”.
In just two months, cholera has spread to almost every governorate of Yemen. Already more than 1,300 people have died – one quarter of them children. Civil servants, including doctors, nurses, water engineers and rubbish collectors have not been paid for nearly 10 months.
Since the outbreak was reported on 27 April, UNICEF has distributed over 600,000 ORS sachets and 20,000 Intravenous (IV) fluids to oral rehydration points and at homes. With partners, UNICEF has supported the establishment of 488 oral rehydration therapy points and more than 20 Diarrhoea Treatment Centres across the country.
Statement from UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan on the cholera outbreak in Yemen as suspected cases exceed 200,000
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 24 June 2017 – “The rapidly spreading cholera outbreak in Yemen has exceeded 200,000 suspected cases, increasing at an average of 5,000 a day. We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world.
“In just two months, cholera has spread to almost every governorate of this war-torn country. Already more than 1,300 people have died – one quarter of them children – and the death toll is expected to rise.
“UNICEF, WHO and our partners are racing to stop the acceleration of this deadly outbreak. We are working around the clock to detect and track the spread of disease and to reach people with clean water, adequate sanitation and medical treatment. Rapid response teams are going house-to-house to reach families with information about how to protect themselves by cleaning and storing drinking water.
“UNICEF and WHO are taking all measures to scale up prevention and treatment interventions. We call on authorities in Yemen to strengthen their internal efforts to stop the outbreak from spreading further.
“This deadly cholera outbreak is the direct consequence of two years of heavy conflict. Collapsing health, water and sanitation systems have cut off 14.5 million people from regular access to clean water and sanitation, increasing the ability of the disease to spread. Rising rates of malnutrition have weakened children’s health and made them more vulnerable to disease. An estimated 30,000 dedicated local health workers who play the largest role in ending this outbreak have not been paid their salaries for nearly 10 months.
“We urge all authorities inside the country to pay these salaries and, above all, we call on all parties to end this devastating conflict.”
We repeat here the Associated Press report from last week on OCV for Yemen. We have not identified any formal announcement of this action on the WHO website or otherwise about this important intervention.
War-Torn Yemen to Get Cholera Vaccines as Death Toll Mounts
New York Times/ASSOCIATED PRESS
JUNE 21, 2017
GENEVA — The U.N. health agency and some major partners have agreed to send 1 million doses of cholera vaccine to Yemen to help stanch a spiraling and increasingly deadly caseload in the impoverished country, which is already facing war and the risk of famine.
A spokesman for the World Health Organization said Wednesday that it didn’t initially want to publicize last week’s decision because questions remain about when and how the doses could reach the neediest people in a country sliced up along front lines and grappling with a nearly-collapsed health system.
WHO said the 1 million doses for Yemen were approved on June 15 by the International Coordinating Group…
We will cluster these recent emergencies as below and continue to monitor the WHO webpages for updates and key developments.
EBOLA/EVD [to 1 July 2017]
WHO AFRO – External Situation Report 28: 30 June 2017
…Since our last update on 27 June, no new confirmed, probable or suspected cases have been reported. Two alerts were reported between 27 June and 28 June. One alert was from Mobenge and the other, a community death in Tobongisa, was considered a suspected case. All the alerts and the suspected cases were subsequently discarded following further investigation…
MERS-CoV [to 1 July 2017]
DONs- Disease Outbreak News
:: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia 28 June 2017
Zika virus [to 1 July 2017]
[No new digest content identified]
Yellow Fever [to 1 July 2017]
23 June 2017
WHO issues updated positon paper on yellow fever vaccine
In a revised yellow fever (YF) vaccine position paper published in today’s edition of the Weekly Epidemiological Record, WHO provided updated guidance on the use of fractional dose YF vaccination in the context of YF vaccine supply shortages.
Weekly Epidemiological Record, 23 June 2017, vol. 92, 25 (pp. 345–356)
Yellow fever vaccine: WHO position on the use of fractional doses – June 2017
Global polio eradication: progress towards containment of poliovirus type 2, worldwide 2017