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Ethiopia hit by Yellow fever, WHO provides 1.45 mln vaccines

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Ethiopia has been hit by the deadly Yellow fever. It has so far killed ten people in the southwestern part of the country.

The World Health Organization says it is now releasing over a million doses of yellow fever vaccines. This is to help deal with the situation.

A report from the global health body said on Monday the outbreak in Wolaita Zone has been traced back to a patient who fell ill on Aug. 21.

“This outbreak is of concern since the population of Ethiopia is highly susceptible to yellow fever due to absence of recent exposure and lack of large-scale immunisation,” the WHO report said.

Symptoms of the disease caused by Mosquito include fever, headache, jaundice, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.

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Only a small proportion of patients who contract the virus develop severe symptoms but half of those die within seven to 10 days.

The WHO says there is high risk of the disease further spreading due to ongoing conflict in the affected region.

A mass vaccination campaign is now needed “without further delay”, according to the WHO.




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