WHO Warns Of Deadly Yellow Fever Outbreak in Sudan

Category: World / Nov 10, 2012 11:00AM EDT
The Darfur region of western Sudan has experienced an outbreak of yellow fever. The World Health Organization (WHO) and Sudanese authorities have warned that the disease is now spreading and the vaccine is badly needed for disease control. It is reported that yellow fever had killed 67 people as of Friday. Both the number of deaths and infections have doubled since first reports of yellow fever caused deaths late in October. Sudan's ministry of health stated that new cases are springing up almost every day and 4 million units of vaccine are needed to confront the disease. Darfur is the most war-ridden and poverty-stricken area in Sudan. Conditions there make it difficult for medical staff to effectively combat the deadly disease. Yellow fever is a severely contagious disease caused by a viral infection and normally found in South America and sub-Saharan Africa.