Amidst the COVID-19 crisis that has affected the entire globe more or less, the outbreak of other health crisis in Ethiopia has generated a new surge of threat.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that Ethiopia risks experiencing a second scourge of yellow fever that is spread by a species of mosquito common to areas of Africa and South America.
The WHO says the first two cases of yellow fever in the East African country has been reported on March 3 in the SNNP Region and had risen to six by April 6.
In an April 22 statement, the WHO said, “The risk at national level is assessed as high. The current outbreak in Gurage Zone, SNNP region shows rapid amplification of a yellow fever outbreak in a rural area. The recent confirmation of the outbreak in cases with no history of travel is a concern. This is an indication of the existence of conducive factors for an increased incidence of yellow fever transmission and the spread of the disease beyond the hotspot areas.”
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