29 12 2010
By Anne Mugisa
AT least 2.5 million people will be vaccinated in northern Uganda against yellow fever that has so far killed 45 people and infected 178.
According to the Ministry of Health, 2.5 million vials of the the yellow fever vaccine will be urgently imported to protect the people from the deadly viral disease, which is spread by mosquitoes.
The disease has been reported in nine northern Uganda districts of Abim, Agago, Lamwo, Kitgum, Pader, Gulu, Arua, Kaabong and Lira.
The deadly disease, which doctors say can kill in one week, is recurring in Uganda after almost 40 years. It was last in Uganda in 1972, according to officials from the health ministry.
A statement from the Ministry of Health said they had instituted measures to fight the disease in collaboration with the World Health Organisation and the Centres for Disease Control.