Yellow fever outbreak in Darfur, Sudan, approaching crisis levels (update)

The epidemic of yellow fever in the Darfur region of Sudan continues to expand. It has now affected 23 localities (increased from 20 in last report) and resulted in 107 deaths out of 358 suspected cases since the end of September, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 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 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 can be found at http://www.who.int/ith/chapters/ith2012en_countrylist.pdf.

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