Yellow fever hits Central and South Darfur

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An outbreak of yellow fever has killed at least 32 people in Sudan's Central and South Dafur regions, according to the World health Organization (WHO).

Since the first week of October a total of 84 suspected cases have so far been reported.

Patrick Maigua Reports.

The World Health Organization says it was notified of the outbreak by the Sudan Federal Ministry of health on Monday October 29. Preparations are underway for a mass vaccination campaign to protect those at risk in Dafur. The ministry of health says it has also prioritized vector control, reinforcing disease surveillance and raising public awareness on the prevention and control of the disease. Yellow fever is spread by mosquitoes. There is no specific treatment for for the disease and vaccination is the single most important measure for preventing yellow fever. Protective measures like the use of bed nets and insect repellent are considered the best ways to contain an outbreak. WHO says it is working with the Ministry of Health as well as other health partners to ensure timely containment of the outbreak.

Patrick Maigua United Nations Radio.

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