Mare cases and deaths due to yellow fever in Sudan while vaccination campaign continues (update)

So far, the total number of reported cases of yellow fever has reached 578. There have been 129 deaths. Central Darfur is the most affected area. An extensive yellow fever vaccination campaign is underway, but since it takes 5-6 days to develop immunity following vaccination and since some people may already be infected before receiving the vaccine, more cases can be expected before disease control is achieved.

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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