Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) has notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of a yellow fever outbreak in West Kordofan.
Between 3 October and 6 November 2013, a total of 22 suspected cases of yellow fever were reported, including eight deaths, presenting a case fatality rate of 36.3% - YF positive samples will arrive to Institute Pasteur in Dakar, WHO Collaborating Centre for Yellow Fever on Friday 8 November 2013 for re-confirmation procedures.
Travellers planning visits to the tropical parts of South America and Africa are finding it increasingly difficult to obtain the yellow fever jabs considered necessary due to a worldwide shortage of the vaccination.
Since late July a growing number of British hospitals and health centres have reported dwindling supplies of the vaccine, which is strongly recommended for travel to winter sun destinations such as Brazil, Cape Verde and Gambia.
August 30, 2013 -- Yellow fever is a major public health problem. Recently, many Cameroonians were gripped with fear following the detection of four new cases of yellow fever. Two of the cases were from the Littoral, one from the Centre and one from the East Region. Statistics from the Expanded Programme of Immunisation (EPI) show that 30 cases were detected and confirmed in nine health districts in the country in 2012 and 15 cases in four health districts in 2013.
August 26, 2013 -- The Ministry of Health has made it mandatory for all Haj pilgrims coming from Somalia and Kenya to produce polio vaccination certificates upon arrival in the Kingdom following the outbreak of an epidemic in the two countries.
A ministry official told Arab News on Sunday that the decision was taken after monitoring the polio outbreak situation in the two countries.