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EMERGENCIES, THREATS AND DISASTERS
WHO, 26 Mar
The number of cholera cases reported by the Ministry of Health in Somalia has reached a cumulative 17 211 cases and 388 deaths with a case fatality rate of 2.25%, which is nearly 4 times as many as were recorded for the same period in 2016, and surpasses the total number of cases recorded in 2016.
Somalia cholera outbreak spreads to inaccessible areas
CIDRAP, 30 Mar
The number of cholera cases this year in Somalia—a country grappling with political conflict and on the brink of another famine—has already passed the total number of cases reported for all of 2016, the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO) said in a recent update.
More than 18.8 million doses of yellow fever vaccine distributed in Brazil
CIDRAP, 29 Mar
According to an update yesterday from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), more than 18.8 million doses of yellow fever vaccine have been distributed in Brazil since January, in addition to routine immunization efforts. The massive campaign aims to quell the current yellow fever outbreak before it reaches the country's largest cities.
WHO Disease outbreak news: Yellow fever – Suriname
WHO, 28 Mar
On 9 March 2017, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in the Netherlands reported a case of yellow fever to WHO. The patient is a Dutch adult female traveller who visited Suriname from the middle of February until early March 2017. She was not vaccinated against yellow fever.
Pandemic research project presents recommendations to European Commission
PreventionWeb, 27 Mar
The European Union-funded pandemic project, Pandemic Risk and Emergency Management (PANDEM), has completed its research phase and produced a final report, identifying current needs and recommending innovative solutions to the European Commission.
Natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in 2016: a year of widespread damages
Swiss Reinsurance Company, 28 Mar
Globally there were 327 disaster events in 2016, of which 191 were natural catastrophes and 136 were man-made.
Assessing the climate change-migration nexus through the lens of migrants: the case of the Republic of Mauritius
International Organization for Migration (IOM), 2017
This report presents the findings of a survey and qualitative interviews conducted to investigate to what extent migration can be seen an adaptation strategy to environmental and climate change in the country. The survey reveals that migration is associated with...
Comparing Nonpharmaceutical Interventions for Containing Emerging Epidemics
PNAS, March 2017
Strategies for containing an emerging infectious disease outbreak must be nonpharmaceutical when drugs or vaccines for the pathogen do not yet exist or are unavailable. The success of these nonpharmaceutical strategies will depend on not only the effectiveness of isolation measures but also the epidemiological characteristics of the infection.