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KHARTOUM - 18 Nov 2013

Ten deaths from yellow fever in Sudan: WHO

Between 3 October and 13 November, 36 cases of suspected yellow fever were recorded in West and South Kordofan. Ten people died.

At least ten localities are affected by the disease. A small scale vaccination campaign began in the capital of South Kordofan, Kadugli, as well as in Elreef Alshargi, Lagawa and Keilak, targeting 100,000 people, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reports.

According to the WHO report, new cases were recorded in the localities of Talodi, Abu Gibaiha, Habila, Ghadir, Kadugli , Altadamon and Elreef Alshargi in the government-controlled areas of South Kordofan, and Lagawa, Kailak, and Almuglad in West Kordofan.

The Federal Minister of Health, Bahar Idris Abu Garda, reported that 20 cases of yellow fever have been confirmed in three South Kordofan localities. He said an investigation team has been sent to Abu Gibaiha locality.

The communicable disease surveillance system has been strengthened in the states of White Nile, Gezira, Kassala, Gedarif, and Khartoum.