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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16 Jul 2018 Rostovskaya oblast. Russia
As of 9 July 2018, a total of 22 laboratory-confirmed cases have been registered, with the maximum numbers reported in Proletarsky and Zimovnikovsky districts. This is 1.4 times lower than for the same period in 2017.
16 Jul 2018 Volgogradskayaprovince. Russia
As of 10 July 2018, a total of eight cases were registered in Volgograd.
16 Jul 2018 Ukraine
As of 13 July 2018, a fourth case of diphtheria has now been reported for 2018.
13 Jul 2018 Tennessee. United States
As of 12 July 2018, more than 500 cases of gastrointestinal illness have been reported among visitors to the CLIMB Works Zipline Canopy Tour in Gatlinburg. Testing is underway to try to identify the causes of the illnesses. Multiple patients who visited the facility since June 15, 2018 have tested positive for norovirus. One patient has tested positive for both norovirus and enteropathogenic E. coli.
12 Jul 2018 Somalia
As of 1 July 2018, a total of 5,582 cases including 40 deaths have been reported in 4 regions since December 2017.