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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Field Epidemiology Training Program Headquarters (FETP HQ) staff in Atlanta work with Ministries of Health (MOH) and other partners to establish and support sustainable Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs) in countries and regions throughout the world. FETP is a service-based training program whose purpose is to train public health workers in the principles and practices of field epidemiology as they provide service to their countries. The FETP program design is rooted on the premise that better trained health workers result in an improved public health system.

Surveillance Summary EPI Week 22

Week 22: 28th May–3rd June, 2018

wk 8 measles

Five (5)  suspected cases of measles were reported in week 22 of 2018, an increase from 3 in the previous week but less than the 14 cases reported in week 22 of 2017.  The  cases reported  this week were from Western Area Urban (3), Koinadugu (1) and Port Loko (1) districts. District Health Teams are urged to send samples to the lab for confirmatory testing whenever suspected measles cases are reported, and to sensitize health workers for improved detection, reporting and investigation of suspected measles cases as well as effective case management.

EVD

A total of 19 confirmed Lassa fever cases with 11 deaths have been reported since the beginning of the year, amounting to a case fatality rate (CFR) of  58%. One lab confirmed case which was reported this week in a 13 year old male from Kenema district, died while in admission at Kenema Government Hospital.  District Health Management Teams (District Health Management Teams (DHMTs) from the affected districts are urged to ensure all suspected Lassa fever cases are investigated, active case search conducted and communities engaged on Lassa fever prevention, and all cases are managed accordingly.

No sample was tested for Ebola Virus Disease( EVD) in the week. Since the beginning of the year, a total of 38 suspected Ebola Virus Disease cases have been tested and reported through the Laboratory network from week 1 to 22 of 2018 compared to 227 suspected Ebola Virus Disease cases reported in the first 22 weeks of 2017. All the samples tested for Ebola Virus Disease in this period have been negative. District Health Management Teams (DHMTs) are urged to maintain vigilance in detection, reporting and investigation of suspected Ebola Virus Disease cases and deaths both at community and health facility levels.

maternal deaths

Six (6) maternal deaths were reported in week 22, a decrease from 13 in week 21. This raises the national cumulative maternal deaths to 215 since the beginning of the year.  Western Area Urban district (42) has so far reported the highest number of deaths in the year, followed by Port Loko (23) and Kenema (22) districts. District Health Management Teams are encouraged to promote interventions such as community sensitization that will contribute towards the reduction in maternal mortality.

confirmed malaria

The national cumulative incidence rate of confirmed Malaria cases recorded from week 1 to 22 of 2018 is 8,831  per 100,000 population. Bo  district with 13,849 cases per 100,000 population continues to have the highest burden of confirmed Malaria cases in the period followed by Tonkolili (12,268 per 100,000) and Moyamba (11,424 per 100,000) districts. For week 22,  the national confirmed Malaria incidence rate per 100,000 population is 406 cases, a reduction from 464 in the previous week.

trend of reported malaria 08

The Malaria positivity rate for week 22 of 2018 is 57%, a decrease from 58% in the previous week and less than 60% recorded in week 21 of 2017.  District Health Management Teams are encouraged to emphasize community engagement for Malaria prevention, including but not limited to use of bed nets and environmental sanitation, as well as to sensitize health workers on Malaria case management.

week 08 animal bite

A total of  30  animal bites cases were reported in week 22 of 2018, an increase from 26 cases reported in the previous week and almost equal the 31 cases reported in week 22 of 2017.  Bo (7), Koinadugu (5), Kenema (3), Western Area Rural (3) and  Bombali (3) districts reported highest number of animal bites cases in the week. Cumulatively in 2018, a total of 586 animal bites cases have been reported nationwide, with 6 deaths related to clinical rabies cases.

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