Source: Associated Press
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that an outbreak of yellow fever has taken the lives of more than 100 people in the Darfur region of Sudan over the last six weeks. Health officials have scheduled an emergency vaccination effort, for which 2.4 million doses of vaccine are scheduled to arrival in the nation’s capital during the week of Nov. 19. Dr. Anshu Banerjee of the WHO office in Sudan warned that while no cases of yellow fever have been found outside of Darfur, cases are “definitely spreading” to new areas of the remote region. The outbreak has been attributed to the heavy rainy season, which created additional breeding sites for mosquitoes.