Yellow fever kills 32 in Darfur

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Sudan (OCHA) has said that an outbreak of yellow fever in a number of localities in Darfur has killed at least 32 persons and affected dozens others.

The UN body quoted a report by the Sudanese Federal Ministry of Health as saying that ''a yellow fever outbreak was reported in seven localities in Central and South Darfur. Since the first week of October, a total of 84 suspected cases, including 32 deaths, have been reported in the localities of Azoom, Kass, Mershing, Nertiti, Nyala, Wadi Salih and Zalingei.''

According to OCHA, the ministry has said that the immediate priority is to control disease vectors, reinforce the disease surveillance system and to raise public awareness on the prevention and control of the disease, which is spread by mosquitoes.

It pointed out, in its weekly, that preparations for a mass vaccination campaign were underway to vaccinate at risk populations in Darfur.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no specific treatment for yellow fever, only supportive care to treat dehydration and fever, and blood transfusions when needed.

Yellow fever is a preventable disease with symptoms and severity varying from case to case.

Protective measures like the use of bed nets, insect repellent and mosquito-proof clothing are considered the best methods to contain an outbreak.

The agency said the Sudanese Ministry of Healthy, the WHO and other health partners are working to ensure the timely containment of the outbreak.
-0- PANA MO/VAO 2Nov2012

02 november 2012 16:33:22




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