ECDC has published Summary of public health threats, CDTR week 16/2016. Click or tap through to read the full CDTR.
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals about active public health threats. This issue covers the period 17 to 23 April 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus infection and yellow fever.
Zika virus infection
As of 22 April 2016, 49 countries and territories have reported autochthonous cases of Zika virus infection during the past nine months. On 16 April 2016, Peruvian health authorities reported the first local case of Zika virus infection through sexual transmission. The Netherlands report continuing circulation of Zika virus in four (Curaçao, Aruba, Sint Maarten and Bonaire) of six islands constituting the Netherlands Outermost Territories in the Caribbean sea. In Chile, media quoting health authorities, report the presence of the Aedes aegypti mosquito (a competent vector for Zika) in Arica (2 000 kilometres north of Santiago). In the Marshall Islands, the health authorities report a case of microcephaly in the baby of a mother who was IgM Zika positive in March 2016.
There is an ongoing outbreak of yellow fever in Angola that started in December 2015 in Viana, Luanda province. As of 19 April, 1 908 suspected cases of yellow fever (617 laboratory confirmed) and 250 deaths have been reported in Angola. An outbreak has also been reported in Masaka district in Uganda.
Cross border and international spread of the disease from Angola has been documented with cases exported to China, Kenya and DR Congo.