Rift Valley fever in Mauritania: WHO details


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Almost two months ago, we covered the human hemorrhagic fevers reported in Mauritania, particularly Rift Valley Fever (RVF). on this site.

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Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a disease outbreak news report on the situation in Mauritania. Here is a “situation at a glance” and the link to the full WHO article:

Between August 30 and October 17 2022, a total of 47 confirmed cases of Rift Valley Fever (RVF), mostly among breeders, including 23 deaths, were reported in nine of Mauritania’s 15 states. The spread of the virus that causes RVF in animals (small ruminants, camels and cattle) has been confirmed in eight Mauritanian states. In all, 12 states have reported confirmed human or animal cases, including nine countries that share a border with three neighboring countries – Mali, Senegal and Algeria. The One Health approach is used to manage the epidemic response.

There has been a continuous spread of RVF virus in Mauritania as the country had previous outbreaks in 1987, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2020. Regional spread of the outbreak cannot be ruled out given the spread of the vector in the majority of states, animal density, high population and movement of animals to neighboring countries .

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