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Yellow Fever in Sudan (Update)

14 Nov 2012

The Federal Ministry of Health for Sudan and WHO are dispatching 2.4 million doses of yellow fever vaccine provided by the International Coordinating Group on Vaccine in order to implement the emergency response vaccination campaign in Darfur.

To date, 358 suspected cases of yellow fever have been reported, including 107 deaths. The cases were reported from 23 localities in Darfur, and new cases are also appearing in other villages. Seven isolation centres have been established in Nyala, Kass, Nertity, Zalengei, Garcilla, Morni and Geneina to manage the outbreak.

Advice for Travellers

There is a risk of yellow fever in areas south of the Sahara Desert and vaccination is advised for travellers to these parts (unless contraindicated). Darfur is a large region in the west of Sudan, most of which lies south of the Sahara Desert. Travellers should also take steps to avoid mosquito bites.