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.
Where available, a web link is provided to the original information source. We cannot accept responsibility for the sites to which it links, or for the information found on those sites. Linking to outside sites does not in any way imply endorsement of these sites.
16 Jan 2017 Taiwan
As of 11 January 2017, a rare case was reported in a 57-year old male. Only 11 cases have been reported in Taiwan since 2008.
16 Jan 2017 Ukraine
As 12 January 2017, the first cases for Ukraine have been reported in poultry.
16 Jan 2017 Harare. Zimbabwe
As of 31 December 2016, a total of 2,225 cases (85 confirmed) with 8 deaths have been reported in 2016. Harare is the epicentre of the outbreak. Case numbers peaked in in Quarter 1, but have been on the rise again from the end of October 2016.
13 Jan 2017 Somalia
As of 12 January 2017, a total of 1,241 cases with 34 deaths have been reported in Bay, Hiraan, Lower Juba, Middle Shabelle, and Lower Shabelle since 7 December 2016.
13 Jan 2017 Spain
As 11 January 2017, the first cases for Spain have been reported in wild birds.