An outbreak of poliomyelitis provoked by a wild poliovirus of type I was reported in Tajikistan in March. It is the first outbreak of imported poliomyelitis in WHO European region since it was certified polio-free in 2002. Uzbekistan has also reported one AFP case in Tashkent which was under investigation.
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.
The eastern coast of Madagascar experiences malaria throughout the year. The Institute Pasteur Laboratory has confirmed the diagnosis of Chikungunia on February 8th. Patients suffer from high fever and asthenia which keeps them bedridden for 2-3 days and thus affects schools and local and national economies.