Yellow Fever Epidemic Reported in Wolayita Zone

Addis Ababa November 7, 2018 Yellow fever epidemic has occurred in Wolayita Zone of the SNNPR, according to Ethiopian Public Health Institute.

Laboratory test conducted on blood specimen sent to Dakar, Senegal, has revealed the existence of yellow fever causing virus in the specimen, the institute stated in a press release it sent to ENA.

Some 35 citizens were suspected of carrying the disease during the last 3 months, it pointed out.

A national technical team headed by the institute and composed of experts from Ministry of Health, Pharmaceuticals Fund and Supply Agency, WHO, UNICEF and Center for Diseases Control is preparing swift preventive measures and control mechanisms to effectively stop the epidemic.

Vaccination campaigns have been conducted in 7 kebeles, reaching out 31,633 (99 percent of the vulnerable population), and additional campaigns are underway in zones and woredas bordering with Wolayita Zone.