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Sudan yellow fever claims 18 more lives

Published On: Sun, Nov 4th, 2012 | Global Health | By BioNews

A deadly yellow fever outbreak in Sudan has claimed 18 more lives, taking the toll from the vector-borne disease to 50.

The latest fatalities were reported in West Darfur state, where 40 more people were infected with the disease, according to Xinhua Sunday.

State Health Minister Ahmed Ishaq Yaqoup said pesticides are being sprayed, and vaccines and mosquito nets are being distributed in the affected areas to tackle the disease.

According to the health ministry, 32 others died elsewhere in the country after suffering from the disease.

Yellow fever is caused by a virus carried by mosquitoes. You can catch this disease if you are bitten by a mosquito infected with this virus. This disease is common in South America and in sub-Saharan Africa. Anyone can get yellow fever, but the elderly have a higher risk of severe infection. If a person is bitten by an infected mosquito, symptoms usually develop 3 – 6 days later.

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