KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda’s ministry of health on Tuesday declared
an end of the deadly yellow fever outbreak that has killed three
people and infected another seven in the central and western
parts of the country.
acting Director General Health Services in a statement issued
here said that the declaration follows no evidence of any active
Yellow Fever transmission for the June 1-30 period.
“Today (Tuesday), I
have the honour and pleasure to inform the general public and
partners the 2016 Yellow Fever outbreak is fully contained,”
Uganda from March 24
to May 4 this year reported a total of 65 suspected Yellow Fever
cases in the central districts of Masaka, Kalangala and western
district of Rukungiri.
The East African
country last reported yellow fever outbreak in 2010 that
affected five districts in the northern part of the country.
surveillance efforts are still ongoing to detect any other
possible outbreak of Yellow Fever,” said Mbonye.
announcement of the deadly virus comes as Angola, the most
affected country and Democratic Republic of Congo are still
battling with the disease.
“Efforts are also
still ongoing to ensure that the risk of importation of Yellow
Fever through international travel is minimized. It is mandatory
that individuals travelling from Yellow Fever high risk
countries into Uganda are fully vaccinated against Yellow Fever
before entry into Uganda,” said Mbonye.
travelers from Uganda are also advised to access the Yellow
Fever vaccine from centres that are accredited to provide Yellow
Fever vaccination,” he said.
Yellow Fever is an
acute viral disease. The virus causes fever, yellowing of the
eyes (jaundice) and bleeding from any part of the body. The
virus is spread and transmitted to people through the bite of
infected Aedes mosquitoes.
Vaccination is the
most cost effective way of protecting the people against the
disease, according to the World Health Organization.