Southern and eastern Africa face simultaneous disease outbreaks

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The southern and eastern Africa region has been impacted by simultaneous disease outbreaks, including yellow fever, cholera and Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD), measles, and chikungunya, according to the latest UN Communicable Diseases Snapshot.

On top of this, spikes in malaria cases are reported in Burundi, South Sudan and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Of all the outbreaks, AWD and cholera are of biggest concern. There are over 60,000 suspected cases in the region to date, and active transmission is ongoing in Kenya, Tanzania, DRC, Zambia, Ethiopia and Somalia.

Yellow fever continues to be a continental threat. Angola is facing the largest yellow fever outbreak in recent history with 3,552 suspected cases up to 30 May. In the DRC, the government declared an epidemic in 3 provinces with 1,339 suspected cases.


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