Africa is facing a boom in zoonoses
Between 2012 and 2022, a third of the emergencies observed included dengue, anthrax, plague or monkeypox. 506616350 / angellodeco – stock.adobe.com

Diseases transmitted by animals to humans have jumped 63% in ten years.

The African continent faces an increased risk of epidemics caused by pathogens transmitted from animals to humans. An analysis by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that these health alerts jumped 63% between 2012 and 2022 compared to the previous decade – and peaked in 2019 and 2020. Two-thirds of the emergencies observed were due to the Ebola virus and another similar hemorrhagic fever. The remaining third included dengue fever, anthrax, plague or monkeypox.

The analysis was published as Tanzania announced Wednesday 13 July that it had launched an investigation into a hitherto unrecognized disease that has killed three people. Symptoms detected in 13 patients in the Linde area include nosebleeds, fever, headache and fatigue. “Initial analyzes ruled out the presence of Ebola and Marburg viruses, but the samples were sent to the WHO reference laboratory for …

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