Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Yellow fever in Burkina Faso

10 October 2003

Disease Outbreak Reported

WHO has received reports of an outbreak of yellow fever in the district of Gaoua in the southwest of the country, near the border of Côte d'Ivoire. One case has been laboratory confirmed by Centre Muraz, Burkina Faso and by the WHO Collaborating Center for Yellow Fever, the Institut Pasteur, Dakar, Senegal. Additional samples are being tested.

A team from the Ministry of Health and WHO quickly investigated the outbreak. The Crisis Committee of Gaoua met and a rapid vaccination campaign was carried out covering all those more than 6 months old living in a 20 kilometre area around Gaoua. Surveillance has been intensified.

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