The World Health Organization (WHO) said it will pull over a million doses of yellow fever from its emergency stocks after ten people were killed in southeast Ethiopia.
The deadly disease caused by mosquitoes was confirmed in Wollayeti in the Southern Nations region, and the infection was reported to have started with a patient with elevated temperature on August 21, causing 35 suspected cases.
"This outbreak is worrying because the Ethiopian population is very vulnerable to yellow fever due to recent exposure to this disease and the widespread absence of vaccination," the WHO said on Monday.
Symptoms of yellow fever include fever, headache, yellow, joint and muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.
Although only a small part of the patients seriously develops symptoms, half of them die within 7 to 10 days.
All confirmed cases have been reported in the areas of Ova and Oraida, but since the middle of October there were no confirmed cases of vaccination with about 31,000 people, but the WHO stated that there is a risk of spreading the disease, including a conflict in that area. Will it withdraw 1.45 million doses of its vaccine stocks for a wide campaign that should begin without further delay.
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