Emergencies preparedness, response

2001 - Yellow fever in Côte d'Ivoire

04 September 2001

Disease Outbreak Reported

The Ministry of Health has reported 128 suspected cases, with 14 deaths in the entire country Of these, 20 cases were confirmed by the Institut Pasteur, Côte d'Ivoire.

In Abidjan (population 3,500,000), 20 suspected cases have been notified, of which 6 cases have been confirmed by the laboratory and 4 have died.   Five out of the 10 communes in the city have reported cases as of 4 September 2001.  This is the first epidemic of yellow fever reported in an urban setting in Africa in 10 years.

In response to this outbreak, the Ministry of Health has organized targeted vaccinations in areas where confirmed cases have been identified.  In Abidjan a targeted vaccination campaign is currently underway in 2 communes, and a third will start soon.

A WHO rapid assessment team travelled to Abidjan last week and is working with the Ministry of Health.

In response to a request by the Ministry of Health, WHO is helping to implement the urgent mass vaccination campaign and providing additional technical and logistical assistance.