Outbreaks and emergencies

Update: Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) in the Philippines

Typhoon Ompong (known internationally as Mangkhut) made landfall in Baggao, Cagayan, in the north-eastern Philippines in the early hours of 15 September 2018. The World Health Organization is working closely with the Department of Health to rapidly assess the health needs and respond to the communities affected by the typhoon.

WHO working closely with Republic of Korea on response to MERS case

Credit: Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

MANILA, Philippines | 17 September 2018 - The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to support the Republic of Korea in responding to an imported case of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). The Organization has been working with the country to support contact tracing, public communication and information-sharing under the International Health Regulations (2005).

Case of imported MERS reported in Republic of Korea

9 September 2018 -- The Republic of Korea has officially reported an imported case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). This is the first case seen in the country since the end of an outbreak in 2015. The case is a 61-year-old male who had travelled to Kuwait for business between 16 August and 6 September. He was hospitalized with fever, diarrhoea and respiratory symptoms shortly after returning to the Republic of Korea and is currently receiving treatment in isolation.

Floods in Lao PDR - Update and funding request

The Ministry of Health and WHO are working together
to provide health services to affected communities
(Credit: WHO)

On Monday 23 July, heavy rains overwhelmed an auxiliary dam of a hydroelectric project, causing catastrophic flash flooding in villages downstream. More than a hundred people remain missing and thousands are taking shelter in temporary camps. WHO is working with the Ministry of Health and partners to prevent, detect and control disease outbreaks and ensure affected communities can access life-saving health services.


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