Emergencies preparedness, response

Yellow fever in Liberia - update 2

11 March 2004

As of 9 March 2004, a total of 39 suspect cases, including 8 deaths, were reported to WHO from eight counties. New cases were reported from Margibi, Grand Bassa, and Grand Gedeh Counties (see previous report). Of the total cases, 4 were laboratory confirmed by Institute Pasteur Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Further testing on samples obtained from suspect cases is ongoing.

As of 9 March 2004, 66% of the target population (47 763) have been immunized. Additional emergency mass immunization campaigns are planned to start in Nimba county on March 20.

WHO, UNICEF, Médecins sans Frontières (Belgium, France, Holland and Switzerland), International Committee of the Red Cross and other NGOs in the field are supporting the Ministry of Health in the implementation of the campaigns.

Weekly meetings are being held with the Ministry of Health, Nimba County Health Team, UNICEF and Médecins sans Frontières (Holland, Switzerland) to coordinate and plan the response.