Yellow fever spreads in Sudan's Darfur region

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The death toll from the yellow fever outbreak in Sudan's Dafur region has risen to 67 according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The outbreak which was first reported in October has now affected 17 localities in Central, South, West and North Darfur. Patrick Maigua reports.

The World Health Organization says the number of suspected cases had more than doubled to 194 from the initial 84 cases reported at the start of the outbreak.

Technical teams from WHO and the Sudan federal Ministry of health have been dispatched to the affected region to help contain the outbreak. 

The UN health agency says it is training more than 225 health workers in the Darfur region on disease surveillance, case management and infection prevention and control.

 Local community leaders have also been incorporated in the yellow fever campaign.

 Yellow fever is spread by mosquitoes.

 There is no specific treatment for the disease and vaccination is the single most important measure for preventing yellow fever.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations, Geneva
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