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Death toll from yellow fever in Sudan's Darfur region jumps to 150: report

English.news.cn   2012-11-18 16:13:34            

KHARTOUM, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from yellow fever jumped to 150 in Sudan's Darfur region and the number of infection cases to 400, Khartoum's Al-Ray Al Am daily reported Sunday.

"The death cases from yellow fever in Darfur region reached 150 in addition to the infection of 400 people," the report said.

The paper further disclosed that great quantities of yellow fever vaccines have arrived in the country and have been received by Sudanese ministry of health, while the remaining quantity is expected to arrive in the coming days to reach 4.2 million doses at a cost of more than 7 million U.S. dollars.

The vaccines would be transported to the region to commence a vaccination campaign by the end of this week.

According to the paper, the disease outbreak has sparked panic among the citizens of the region.

The World Health Organization (WHO) last week announced that the total number of cases had reached 374, including 110 deaths, with case fatality rate of 29.4 percent.

It said seven quarantine centers have been established in Nyala, Kass, Nertity, Zalengei, Garcilla, Morni and Geneina in response to the disease outbreak in the region.

Yellow fever is mainly spread by mosquitoes, and its most frequent symptoms are fever, bleeding and vomiting. There is no effective treatment for the disease other than alleviate dehydration and fever and blood transfusion.

Editor: znz
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