News Now Dubai – United Arab Emirates (Agencies)
The World Health Organization (WHO) said it would withdraw more than 1 million doses of yellow fever from emergency stocks after 10 people died in Southwest Ethiopia.
Mortality of mosquitoes was confirmed in Wollayeta in the southern region of the South, and it was reported that the infection started with a fever patient on August 21, which led to 35 suspicious cases.
"This outbreak is worrisome because the Ethiopian population is very vulnerable to yellow fever because of recent exposure to the disease and the widespread absence of vaccination," a WHO report said Monday.
Symptoms of yellow fever include fever, headache, yellowing, joint and muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.
Although only a small proportion of patients develop symptoms seriously, half of them die within 7 to 10 days.
All confirmed cases have been reported in the Ova and Oraida areas and no other confirmed cases have been recorded since the mid-October vaccination campaign, involving about 31,000 people.
But WHO said there was a risk of more widespread disease spread, including a conflict in the region, and would withdraw 1.45 million doses of vaccine stocks for a broad campaign that should start "without delay".
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