Yellow Fever

Sudanese Health Ministry Plans Mass Vaccination Campaign Against Yellow Fever As Outbreak Spreads

The Sudanese Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) has notified the World Health Organisation (WHO) of a yellow fever outbreak in West and South Kordofan.
 
Between 3 October and 24 November, a total of 44 suspected cases of yellow fever, including 14 deaths, were reported. The field investigation carried out by the FMOH team revealed that the initially suspected cases were recorded among the seasonal workers coming from the eastern states of Sudan who travelled to West Kordofan to work on the gum Arabic plantations in October.
 
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GAVI Alliance to support yellow fever vaccination campaign in Nigeria

The GAVI Alliance announced on Tuesday that it would support Nigeria’s first new national campaign against yellow fever in close to three decades.

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Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety

From the WHO Global Vaccine Safety webpage:

"The Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) was established in 1999 to respond promptly, efficiently, and with scientific rigour to vaccine safety issues of potential global importance.

The Committee provides independent, authoritative, scientific advice to WHO on vaccine safety issues of global or regional concern with the potential to affect in the short or long term national immunization programmes."

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Task Force on Immunization in Africa

From the Task Force on Immunization (TIF) in Africa website:

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Yellow fever outbreak in Sudan - Situation Report No 1, 7 November 2013

Highlights

  • 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.

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Travellers warned over yellow fever vaccine shortage

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.

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Sweeping yellow fever vaccination efforts undertaken in Cameroon

Cameroon’s Ministry of Health recently reported that 94 percent of the Republic of Cameroon’s high-risk population for yellow fever were vaccinated between August and September.

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Cameroon: Yellow Fever Under Control

Cameroon: Yellow Fever Under Control

 

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.

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Polio shots a must for Somali, Kenyan Hajis

Polio shots a must for Somali, Kenyan Hajis

 

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.

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