Emergencies preparedness, response

Yellow fever in Guinea

7 January 2005

WHO has received reports of an outbreak of yellow fever in the region of Faranah, in the north of the country.

Six cases have been reported from 19 October to 28 November 2004 and have been laboratory confirmed by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Yellow Fever, the Institut Pasteur, Dakar, Senegal.

A team from the Ministry of Health (MoH), Guinea and WHO quickly investigated the first cases and surveillance has been intensified.

The MoH with WHO support organized a yellow fever mass vaccination campaign in December 2004 to control the disease spread in this region. No additional cases have been reported so far.