Ugandan Government Says It’s Contained Yellow Fever Outbreak

An outbreak of the hemorrhagic yellow fever disease in Uganda that killed three people earlier this year has ended, health authorities in the East African nation said.

Uganda and several international agencies vaccinated 627,706 people over May and June in three districts where the disease was detected, according to an e-mailed statement from the country’s Ministry of Health.

“Following the successful yellow fever vaccination campaign in the affected districts, no new cases of yellow fever have been confirmed,” according to the statement. “Disease surveillance efforts are still ongoing to detect any other possible outbreak.”

Africa’s largest outbreak of yellow fever in three decades began in Angola in late 2015 and has claimed about 369 lives in that country, according to the World Health Organization. At least 95 people have died from the virus in the Democratic Republic Congo, the WHO said Aug. 5.

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