Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Yellow fever in Burkina Faso - update

1 June 2004

As of 1 June 2004, the Ministry of Health, Burkina Faso has reported no new cases of yellow fever in Bobo-Dioulasso district (see previous report).

However, there is a high risk of a major urban outbreak of yellow fever in Bobo-Dioulasso in the immediate future. The rainy season is just beginning and the vector for yellow fever in an urban setting, Aedes aegypti, is already present in the district. Bobo-Dioulasso, with a population of 740 192, is densely populated and vaccination coverage against yellow fever is low. The district is also a busy crossroads for population movements across West Africa.

For these reasons, WHO strongly recommends a mass vaccination campaign in Bobo-Dioulasso as soon as possible.

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