Welcome to our outbreak surveillance page. This page contains information on disease outbreaks and incidents worldwide.
We regularly review and update information on overseas disease outbreaks and other health issues that may impact on the British traveller. The information comes from a wide variety of sources, and can be used along with the Country Information section of our website where you will find recommendations on vaccines, malaria and other risks for each country (where relevant).
You can search our outbreak surveillance information by disease or by country. If you wish to use the following content for official purposes, please refer to the original sources of information. Please note that not all cases of disease or outbreaks are reported. In some countries there may be limited surveillance and reporting processes in place so information is difficult to obtain. Other diseases may only be reported if they are occur outside of the usual recognised risk area or season or they have been reported in greater than usual numbers.
The information presented in the disease surveillance reports is collated from a variety of sources, including government bodies, international organisations and the media. The verification status of each report is clearly indicated. Verified reports are confirmed by official sources. Some unverified reports are included to ensure timely dissemination of information and where possible we will try to substantiate these reports, although confirmation may not always be possible. Unverified reports may be subject to change, misreporting and may later prove to be unsubstantiated. They should not therefore be regarded as official.
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26 Apr 2017 Abu Dhabi. United Arab Emirates
Between 9 and 11 April 2017, two cases of MERS-CoV were reported in Abu Dhabi. To date, United Arab Emirates has reported 81 laboratory confirmed cases of MERS. The last case was reported in June 2016.
26 Apr 2017 China
As of 24 April 2017, 29 new human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) were reported in the last week, Beijing (7 cases), Hunan (5 cases), Hebei (4 cases), Sichuan (3 cases), Shandong (2 cases), Zhejiang (2 cases), Anhui (1 case), Gansu (1 case), Guangxi (1 case), Jiangxi (1 case), Jilin (1 case) and Liaoning (1 case). Between October 2016 and 24 April 2017, 616 cases have been recorded in mainland China.
25 Apr 2017 Jilin. China
On 22 April 2017, the first case of Avian Influenza(H7N9) has been reported in the region.
24 Apr 2017 Somalia
As of 23 April 2017, 28,408 suspected cases with 558 deaths have been reported since the beginning of January 2017. A total of 2,745 cases and 28 deaths were reported across 12 regions between 10 and 16 April 2017 alone.
21 Apr 2017 Punjab. Pakistan
As of 19 April 2017, a case has been reported in the province of Punjab. Contact tracing is ongoing.