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Biological Hazard in Sudan on December 07 2015 08:57 AM (UTC).

Between 29 Aug-27 Nov [2015], 469 suspected cases of viral haemorrhagic fever (VHF), including 120 deaths, were reported in the 5 Darfur states, according to the Sudanese Ministry of Health. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sudan reported in its latest weekly bulletin that the outbreak has now spread to 27 localities in Sudan’s conflict-torn western region. The highest number of reported cases is in West Darfur (296) followed by North Darfur (68) Central Darfur (68), South Darfur (23), and East Darfur (14). The highest number of fatalities was recorded in West Darfur (90), followed by North Darfur (15), Central Darfur (12), East Darfur (2) and South Darfur (one). The World Health Organisation (WHO) has supported vector control activities with larvicide interventions, reaching 6268 families (40 800 people) in Ed Daein, capital of East Darfur, in the South Darfur localities of Tullus, Kass, Ed El Fursan, Buram, and El Sereif Beni Hussein in North Darfur. A further 30 000 families (195 000 people) in South Darfur’s Tullus town and the Kass camps for the displaced were reached with integrated vector control activities conducted jointly by the Ministry of Health and the WHO. These activities are now ongoing in Buram, Ed Fursan and Nyala localities in the state. In addition, the WHO supported larvicide fogging and spraying assistance to more than 1300 families (8500 people) in El Sereif town, North Darfur.

In North Darfur, Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Spain and the WHO support a treatment centre in El Sereif locality. MSF Switzerland is supports a treatment centre and 2 mobile clinics in the West Darfur Krendig and Kereinik camps for the displaced in Kereinik locality. The UN Children’s Agency (Unicef) supported the Ministry of Health in West Darfur to reach 385 700 people on viral haemorrhagic fever prevention through local radio programmes. It supported national NGOs to conduct health education sessions in El Geneina and Kereinik localities. Unicef has also supported health promotion activities in Zalingei, Azum, Bindisi, West Jebel Marra and Wadi Salih localities of Central Darfur. Haemorrhagic fevers are endemic in many states of Sudan including Red Sea, Kassala, Gedaref, and South Kordofan, OCHA states. In 2012, sporadic cases of dengue fever and yellow fever co-infection were reported in Darfur, while no cases were reported in 2013. In 2014, however, a large-scale dengue fever outbreak occurred in Red Sea (1092 cases), North Darfur (132), South Darfur (48), West Darfur (24), South Kordofan (59), and Kassala (57).

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Earth Watch Report  -Epidemic  Hazards

9 11.01.2013 Epidemic Sudan State of South Darfur, [Region-wide] Damage level
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Epidemic in Sudan on Wednesday, 31 October, 2012 at 04:13 (04:13 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Friday, 11 January, 2013 at 03:50 UTC
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A “Situation Report” on the yellow fever outbreak in Darfur jointly released by the Sudanese federal ministry of health and by the World Health Organisation (WHO) asserted that 171 people have died of the disease in the region as of 9 January. The report also indicated that 849 suspected cases of yellow fever have been reported in Darfur since 2 September 2012. Additionally, the case fatality rate (CFR) of the disease is suspected to be of 20.1 percent. Information suggests that 35 out of the 64 localities of Darfur have been affected by the disease. Central Darfur is reportedly still the most affected state with 51.5 percent of the registered cases. It is followed by North Darfur (21%), West Darfur (17.4%) and South Darfur (9.5%). East Darfur is not mentioned in this calculation, being allegedly the least affected state with 0.6 percent of the diagnosed cases –based on the percentage provided above.

 

Earth Watch Report  – Epidemic Hazards

12.11.2012 Epidemic Sudan State of South Darfur, [Region-wide] Damage level Details

Epidemic in Sudan on Wednesday, 31 October, 2012 at 04:13 (04:13 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Monday, 12 November, 2012 at 04:01 UTC
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Cases from the yellow fever outbreak in the Darfur region of western Sudan continue to rise as the World Health Organization (WHO)-Sudan reports 266 suspected cases in 20 localities, according to WHO news release Nov.9. Of the 266 cases, 85 fatalities have been reported, which equates to a fatality rate of 32 percent. According to surveillance data, Central Darfur is still the hardest hit area accounting for 73 percent of all cases. This is followed by West Darfur (12%), South Darfur (11%), with North and East Darfur accounting for the remainder. Member of Parliament, Ibrahim Abbaker said last week the outbreak in Darfur has reached “epidemic levels” that requires immediate intervention from the central government. The Ministry of Health in the capital city of Khartoum has even reported the emergence of the first case of the mosquito borne viral disease in the Sudanese capital, according to a Radio Dabanga report Saturday. The yellow fever vaccination plan, which will cover 3,587,772 populations, in the age group 9 months and above, has been finalized. However, this depends on the reconfirmation of the diagnosis by the reference laboratory, the Institute Pasteur, in Dakar, Senegal, according to a WHO Situation Report Friday. To date, more than 100 medical doctors and medical assistants have been trained in South Darfur on disease surveillance, case management, outbreak investigation and infection prevention and control. The WHO says the 266 suspected cases have presented to health facilities with common symptoms to include fever, bleeding and vomiting; 99, 64 and 58 percent respectively.