Yellow fever outbreak reported in Uganda

The Ministry of Health in Uganda is attempting to deliver 2.5 million vaccinations for yellow fever to protect people from the deadly disease as a current northern Uganda outbreak has infected 178 people and killed 45 people.

The disease, which is spread by mosquitoes, has been reported in nine Uganda districts, including Agago, Kitgum, Gulu, Kaabong, Abim, Lamwo, Pader, Arua and Lira, reports.

Yellow fever was last found in Uganda in 1972 and health officials say that the disease can be fatal in only one week. The Ministry of Health has collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization to create an epidemic containment plan.

"The most cost-effective intervention now is mass immunization in the nine districts nine districts plug the districts nearby because the disease could have spread there too," Dr. Kenya Mugisha, director general of health services, said, according to

Patients who have been infected with yellow fever experience back and muscle pain, shivering, loss of appetite and vomiting, as well as a fever and a headache. Some patients develop abdominal pain, bleeding from the mouth, eyes, nose and stomach, and yellow eyes.

Yellow fever affects both animals and humans, according to the report. The first victims of the outbreak were near forest areas. The ministry has asked the people to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites, especially during the day.