Emergencies preparedness, response

Yellow fever in Côte d'Ivoire - update

More than 700,000 people were vaccinated against yellow fever in the recent emergency vaccination campaign in Côte d'Ivoire led by the Ministry of Health with support from WHO and UNICEF.

The campaign, conducted from 21 to 28 January 2011, reached 88% of the targeted population in  the districts of Katiola, Beoumi (in the center of the country), Seguela, Mankono (in the North). The high vaccination coverage results were validated by a field survey conducted by WHO the next day following the campaign.

Suspected cases of yellow fever were notified by Côte d'Ivoire on 3 January, and 12 cases were laboratory confirmed on 17 January by the regional reference laboratory, Institut Pasteur in Dakar.  The outbreak has affected the districts of Seguela (14 cases,  including 10 deaths), Mankono (1 case), Beoumi (18 cases including 9 deaths) and Katiola (46 cases, including 16 deaths).