Efforts begin today to contain yellow fever epidemic in Darfur, Sudan (update)

The epidemic of yellow fever in the Darfur region of Sudan has expanded to include cases from North, Central and West Darfur. While numbers of cases has increased daily, the total now has reached 518, with 134 deaths (45 in West Darfur, 73 in Central Darfur, 16 in South Darfur). Vaccination of the population to control the epidemic is scheduled to begin today. Given the logistical difficulties of covering the widespread population, it is likely that more cases will be reported in the coming days until vacciantion is completed.

Travellers to areas where there is a risk of exposure to yellow fever can reduce that risk by obtaining a yellow fever vaccination before travelling. In addition, travellers should take all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Travellers are reminded that many other countries require proof of yellow fever vaccination upon arrival for all travelers equal to or greater than 9-12 months of age. A list of countries requiring proof of yellow fever vaccination before entering the country may be found at: http://www.who.int/ith/chapters/ith2012en_countrylist.pdf.

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