Niger reports 4 confirmed yellow fever cases since September


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In September and October 2022, the Pasteur Institute in Dakar confirmed four cases of yellow fever from Niger, including one death. Cases were confirmed by plaque reduction neutralization test (PRNT) and reported from Dosso, Zinder, Tahoua and Adez. The date of symptom onset for the last case was August 14, 2022. Two probable cases have been reported during the same period.

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Yellow fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever spread by the bites of infected mosquitoes.

Yellow fever symptoms (fever, chills, headache, backache, muscle aches) develop 3-6 days after infection. About 12% of people infected with the yellow fever virus develop severe illness that can lead to liver disease, bleeding, shock, organ failure, yellowing of the skin (jaundice), and sometimes death. Of those who become severely ill, 30-60% die.

There is no medicine to treat or cure the infection. To prevent yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.

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