Global Alert and Response (GAR)

2002 - Yellow fever in Senegal

04 October 2002

Disease Outbreak Reported

The Ministry of Health has officially confirmed a total of 12 cases of yellow fever in Mbaké département, which includes the city of Touba with 800 000 inhabitants. The cases have been laboratory confirmed by the Institut Pasteur, Dakar. The Ministry of Health has started to take measures to contain the outbreak: a vaccination campaign began on 1 October and a vector control campaign is being carried out within the city.

A national investigation team and entomologists from the Institut Pasteur, Dakar will be travelling to Touba to assess the outbreak. WHO has offered assistance to the Ministry of Health with the implementation of the vaccination campaign, surveillance and other containment measures.

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