Yellow fever in Liberia
18 April 2008 - The Ministry of Health, Liberia has reported 1 suspected case, and one laboratory confirmed case of yellow fever from Zuotuo, Tappita District, Nimba County. The confirmed case, a 32 year old man, died from his illness and the other suspected case has recovered.
Laboratory confirmation of yellow fever was made at the national laboratory in Monrovia and at the Pasteur Institute, Dakar, Senegal, a regional reference laboratory and WHO Collaborating Centre for Yellow Fever. A joint yellow fever outbreak investigation by the Ministry of Health and the WHO Country Office took place from 4 April to 7 April.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) with technical assistance of WHO, is planning a reactive mass vaccination campaign in the affected and surrounding districts starting on 25 April. The MoH has submitted a request for yellow fever vaccines from the global emergency stockpile, managed by the International Coordinating Group on Vaccine Provision for Yellow Fever Control (YF-ICG). The yellow fever emergency stockpile is financed by the GAVI Alliance and managed by the YF-ICG. The YF-ICG is composed of representatives from UNICEF, Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC), and the World Health Organization, which acts as its secretariat.
Financial support for the operational cost of this campaign will be made available through the Yellow Fever Initiative, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO), and the Government of Liberia.