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 affect the UK 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). Please note that not all cases of disease or outbreaks are reported.
You can search our Outbreak Surveillance information by disease or by country.
In some countries, there may be limited surveillance and reporting processes in place so information can be difficult to obtain. Some diseases may only be reported if they occur outside of the usual recognised risk area or season, or they have been reported in greater than usual numbers. Outbreaks of those diseases included in the UK childhood vaccination programme are not usually reported unless the outbreak is unusual or unexpected.
If you wish to use the following content for official purposes, please refer to the original sources of information. 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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18 Sep 2018 Zimbabwe
On 6 September 2018, a cholera outbreak was declared in Harare by the Ministry of Health of Zimbabwe. As of 14 September 2018, an estimated 3349 suspected cases were reported with 71 confirmed cases inluding 32 deaths.
14 Sep 2018 Democratic Republic of the Congo
As of 9 September 2018, a total of 132 cases, including 91 deaths have been reported. Of the 132 cases, 101 are confirmed and 31 remain probable. An additional nine suspected cases are being investigated. Seven health zones in North Kivu Province and one neighbouring health zone in Ituri Province have reported confirmed or probable cases. Seventeen health care workers have been affected, with three deaths.
12 Sep 2018 United States
As of 10 September 2018, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis linked to eggs. The manufacturer has recalled these products.
12 Sep 2018 Brescia. Italy
Between 2 and 10 September 2018, 235 pneumonia cases were reported in Brescia. Of these, 196 cases are curently hospitalised. Among the 235 cases, two have died and 12 have tested positive for Legionella (including one fatal case). Legionella is considered to be the most likely cause of the outbreak.
10 Sep 2018
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A 61 year old male who visited Kuwait was diagnosed with MERS-CoV. The South Korean Centre for Disease Control and the Seoul Metropolitan Government are conducting surveys with contacts, including the return journey flight crew. This is the first MERS case reported in South Korea since the outbreak in 2015.