UGANDA: YELLOW FEVER BACK AFTER 40 YEARS, EPIDEMIC HITS NORTH

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from Missionary International Service News Agency
Published on 28 Dec 2010 View Original
Forty-five people have died and 183 are reported infected in a Yellow Fever epidemic underway for about a month in Uganda's northern districts. The announcement was made by Director General of Health Services, Dr. Kenya Mugisha, updating on the spread of the epidemic, the first in Uganda since 1970. Based on the update, the epidemic has spread to 10 districts of the nation, mainly in the north, after cases were confirmed also in the Kotido district adding to the nine so far (Abim, Agago, Lamwo, Kitgum, Pader, Gulu, Arua, Kaabong and Lira), where the Yellow Fever broke out already a few weeks ago. The government has announced a mass vaccination campaign, conducted by Kampala's Health ministry and the World Health Organisation (WHO), which should include 2.5-million people. The WHO and Kampala in fact reached an accord to import the necessary quantity of vaccines as soon as possible. Due to the absence of the disease for 40 years, the vaccine was in fact not in stocks. Also any foreigners visiting Uganda will be required to be vaccinated for Yellow Fever at least ten days ahead of arrival.

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