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Yellow fever kills over one-hundred in Darfur.

HARTUM (CyHAN)- The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that a deadly outbreak of yellow fever in the Darfur region of Sudan has resulted in the death of 107 people.

The WHO has issued a warning saying that the disease could spread all over the country, if it is not contained and kept in check.

The deaths in Darfur were reported over a six week period, with the toll rising day by day, with Khartoum responding by the implementation of an emergency vaccination drive.

Last week alone, some 67 people died as a result of the yellow fever outbreak in the region.

According to the WHO, some 2.4 million doses and vaccinations for yellow fever will arrive in Sudan this week, to aid local health care officials in there vaccination process.

Since September 2011, 350 cases of yellow fever were reported in Darfur, with more than 30 percent of those showing symptoms dying.

The last outbreak of yellow fever in 2005, killed 160 people in the countries South Kordofan region. According to the WHO, more than 500 million people across 23 countries in Africa are at constant risk of yellow fever.

The disease is spread by mosquitos, with no actual medical cure available. Some of the main symptoms of yellow fever includes dehydration, fever, bleeding and vomiting - and wait for the viral infection to pass.


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Date:Nov 14, 2012
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