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Event: EP Epidemic
Number: 2019-000007
Country: MNG Mongolia
Location: Ulaanbaatar
Date (YMD): 2019-1-15
Information Source:IFRC
Comments: On 15 January 2019, due to the outbreak of Influenza A (H1N1) virus in Mongolia, the State Emergency Commission meeting was called. The Ministry of Health stated that Influenza A cases were confirmed to be H1N1 in the end of December 2018 and since then it had rapidly spread within a short period of time. Starting from 3 January, the outbreak became higher than three years average and two deaths have been registered among children within the first week of January 2019. By January 2019, 9 districts of Ulaanbaatar city and 11 provinces are spread to epidemics, ranging from 11-17 per cent with a national average of 9.3 per cent of total outpatient examinations. According to the Ministry of Health contingency plan, if influenza is detected in more than 15 per cent of the total outpatient examinations, there will be local and national quarantine. The outbreak is expected to rise over the coming weeks as Influenza is dominantly (40 per cent) caused by Influenza A (H1N1) virus. The same outbreak was registered in 2009 in Mongolia and state of emergency had been called.
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