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Since the first week of August and as of 11 September 2023, 19 locally acquired dengue fever cases have been detected in the Lombardy (14) and Lazio (5) regions in Italy. The cases are grouped in three clusters:in the province of Lodi, Lombardy region (14 cases)in the metropolitan city of Rome (3 cases) and in the province of Latina (2 cases), Lazio region (Circero). All cases were laboratory confirmed by PCR and all cases have recovered or are improving. A DENV-1 serotype virus was identified in the cases in Lombardy and in the metropolitan city of Rome, Lazio region. Epidemiological investigations have not identified any link between the cases in Lombardy and the cases identified in the Lazio region. A DENV-3 serotype was detected in the cluster of cases in the province of Latina, Lazio region, indicating that this outbreak is independent from the other two in Italy. Response and control measures are being implemented by Italian public health authorities. These include case finding, vector control activities, information to healthcare providers and the general public, and preventive measures for donors of substances of human origin (e.g. blood and organs). So far, 146 imported dengue cases have been registered in Italy in 2023, most of them in the Lombardy region (50 imported cases) and Lazio region (28 imported cases).For more details of the outbreak in Italy, see Rapid Communication of Eurosurveilance.
Between late July and early September, 10 autochthonous (locally acquired) dengue cases were reported in Italy. The affected regions are Lombardy (7 cases, province of Lodi and Lake Garda) and Lazio (1 case in Rome, 2 cases in Latina). According to media reports, an autochthonous dengue case in Parma is also under investigation. A total of 122 imported dengue cases have been diagnosed in Italy since the beginning of the year.
Since January 2023, a total of 8'455 diphtheria cases (2'507 confirmed; 5'948 suspected) and 230 deaths have been recorded in four African countries: Algeria: (80 cases, 10 deaths), Guinea (90 cases, 22 deaths), Niger (272 cases, 8 deaths), and Nigeria (8,013 cases, 190 deaths). Immunization rates in the region are low, and this is in an environment where mining causes large population movements. In addition, the local health system is fragile and has limited resources to respond to this outbreak. Other ongoing outbreaks in the region, particularly pertussis, polio, and rabies, are straining the limited resources available.
An outbreak of 4 autochthonous (locally transmitted) cases of dengue fever was detected in Gardanne in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône. Symptoms of the cases occurred between the second half of July and early August 2023.At least 47 autochthonous cases were recorded in France in 2022. The affected regions were Occitania (9 cases) and Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur (36 cases).
Virginia state health officials are reporting an outbreak of meningococcal disease. Since June 2022, a total of 27 cases of meningococcal disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitides, type Y, have been reported in adults aged 30 to 65 years. 5 patients have died. A total of 26 patients were not vaccinated. The strain associated with this outbreak is known to be common in the United States.
Since the beginning of the year, 1,785 hepatitis A cases have been registered in Lebanon, 204 of them in the Baalbek district in the east of the country. Last year, there were fewer than 600 hepatitis A cases nationwide.
Globally, nearly 1.5 million new COVID-19 cases and over 2500 deaths have now been reported from 10 July to 6 August 2023, representing an 80% increase and a 57% decrease, respectively, from the previous 28 days. By 6 August 2023, over 769 million confirmed cases and over 6.9 million deaths have been reported globally. The current reported cases do not accurately reflect infection rates as the number of tests and reports have decreased worldwide.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is facing its worst cholera epidemic in six years due to an increase in conflict and displacement in the east of the country. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warns The UN agency reports that 31,342 suspected or confirmed cases of cholera and 230 deaths were reported across the country in the first seven months of this year, many of them children. North Kivu is the most affected province.
According to media reports, 47 chikungunya cases were reported in the Kedougou region of southeastern Senegal in the first half of August. The last chikungunya outbreak in Senegal occurred in 2015.
Find out about the latest content updates on the website
In the Malaria Flyers, the world map with the updated malaria risk areas and the corresponding prevention recommendations were added.The flyers can be found in the Malaria section under “Documents for health professionals” in the PRO version of www.healthytravel.ch.
The entry requirements for the yellow fever vaccination have been updated for Costa Rica.
The Swiss Expert Committee has updated the malaria prevention recommendations as well as the malaria maps on the country pages.
The Swiss Expert Committee has updated the polio vaccination recommendations on the country pages. Please pay attention to the changes!
The WHO vaccination recommendations for yellow fever have been updated on the country pages.
The Covid-19 vaccination is now listed under «Vaccinations for some travellers» on the country pages.