Over 160 people die of yellow fever in Darfur

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Mascar Hamid with his nephew (in bed) Saleh Mohammed Hamid who is being assisted at the Teaching Hospital in El Geneina, West Darfur after getting infected with Yellow Fever.UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran

More than 700 cases of yellow fever, including 165 deaths have been reported in the Darfur region of Sudan, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

A mass vaccination campaign by the Ministry of Health started last month to cover 2.2 million people.

The United Nations agency says the second phase is planned for this month to cover an additional 1.2 million people at risk.

WHO has activated the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network and is deploying additional experts to support the ongoing response in Sudan.

There is an ongoing comprehensive assessment of the outbreak to get additional information to understand the evolution of the outbreak.

Yellow fever, whose name comes from the jaundice that affects some patients, causing yellow eyes and yellow skin, is transmitted by infected mosquito.

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