Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Yellow fever in Burkina Faso

24 November 2004

WHO has received reports of an outbreak of yellow fever in the district of Sindou, Cascades region, in the southwest of the country, near the border of Côte d'Ivoire and Mali. One case who died on October 10 has been laboratory confirmed by Centre Muraz, Burkina Faso and by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Yellow Fever, the Institut Pasteur, Dakar, Senegal.

A team from the Ministry of Health and WHO quickly investigated the outbreak and took 15 additional blood samples. Surveillance has been intensified. The disease is limited to a remote area, with very low vaccine coverage.

A yellow fever mass vaccination campaign will be undertaken in Sindou district in the coming weeks, together with a measles vaccination campaign for children of 9 months of age.

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