SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

Sudan reports 44 suspected cases of yellow fever

The World Health Organization recently reported an outbreak of yellow fever affecting twelve localities in Sudan's West and South Kordofan states with a total of 44 suspected cases and 14 deaths.

Between October 3 and November 24, Sudan's Federal Ministry of Health reported 44 suspected cases that stemmed from seasonal workers coming from the country's eastern states. Subsequent suspected cases occurred among the locally residing population of both South and West Kordofan. Blood samples were confirmed as positive for yellow fever by laboratories in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, and Senegal.

The WHO is helping the FMOH to improve surveillance and conduct active case searching, particularly in neighboring areas of Darfur, South Sudan and in areas where seasonal workers are beginning to return after completing their work.

The FMOH intends to organize a reactive mass vaccination campaign against yellow fever in the affected areas that covers the at-risk population. The WHO's country office is working with the FMOH to launch a request to the International Coordinating Group on Yellow Fever Vaccine Provision to provide support for the vaccination campaign.

In late 2012, an outbreak of yellow fever in Sudan's Darfur region resulted in 849 suspected cases and 171 deaths. A vaccination campaign followed in the five states of Darfur that reached approximately five million people.