News Dubai – United Arab Emirates (Agencies)
The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that after the death of 10 people in southwestern Ethiopia, more than 1 million yellow fever will emerge from emergency stocks.
The deadly mosquito-borne disease was confirmed in Wollayeta in the South Nations region, and the infection was reported to have started from a patient with a fever on August 21, resulting in 35 suspected cases.
"This epidemic is alarming because the Ethiopian population is very sensitive to yellow fever because of new exposures to the disease and the widespread absence of vaccines," a WHO report quoted a report Monday.
The symptoms of yellow fever include fever, headache, yellowing, joint and muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.
Although only a small number of patients take symptoms seriously, half of them die within 7 to 10 days.
All approved cases have been reported in the Ova and Oraida regions and there are no other cases confirmed since the inception of the vaccination campaign in the mid-October, involving around 31,000 people.
However, WHO said, including a conflict in the region, the risk of a wider spread of the disease, and that it would attract 1.45 million doses of vaccine stocks for a large campaign, which should begin "without further delay".
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