At the invitation of the Government of Gabon, and in connection with the upcoming GEO-XI Plenary in Gabon, UNOOSA (through the UN-SPIDER Programme) is tentatively planning to conduct a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Gabon from 4 to 7 November 2014.
Since April 2010, Gabon has been hit by the outbreak of the Chikungunya and Dengue epidemics. After laboratory analysis, 303 cases tested positive for the Chikungunya virus, 84 cases diagnosed with the Dengue virus, while 15 other cases of co-infections were discovered. No death has been reported yet.The Provinces affected by these epidemics are Lolo and Haut Ogooué, specifically the towns of Franceville, Lastourville and Koulamoutou. It is feared that Gabon could be affected by a general outbreak of the epidemics, especially as it is the peak of the farming season in that country.
During the last 3 months, Gabon is exposed to violent winds followed by flood. Last week on the night of 05 to 06 April new cases were recorded in Mouila, headquarter of the Ngounie council and in Libreville.