Uganda declares victory over Yellow fever outbreak
KAMPALA, SEPTEMBER 6 – An outbreak of yellow fever experienced in parts of central Uganda since March 2016, has been contained says the Ugandan Ministry of Health.
Addressing media today, Acting Director General of Health Services Prof. Anthony Mbonye, said there no new cases have been reported since a mass vaccination exercise was implemented in the affected districts.
More than 65 suspected cases and three deaths have been reported since news of the outbreak first surfaced in Masaka, Kalangala and Rukungiri districts in late March. Slightly more than 0.6million people received yellow fever vaccines in a mass vaccination exercise in the three districts.
Mbonye said no new cases have been reported since vaccination and a screening started in the 17 districts in the greater Masaka area. The exercise covered 94pc of the population in the target districts, well above the WHO recommended threshold of 90pc he added.