Yellow fever outbreak in Ghana followed by vaccination campaigns

The first case of yellow fever in the Jirapa in the northwestern corner of the Upper West Region in early February was followed by 10 additional cases in the space of 4 weeks. Extensive yellow fever vaccination campaigns were implemented to control the outbreak. Sporadic cases of yellow fever occur from time to time in Ghana.

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

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