Yellow fever death reported in Guinea

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according to World Health OrganizationOn 20 November 2022, a suspected case of yellow fever was reported in Dabula Health Zone, Farana Health Region, Guinea. A 9-year-old boy died of unknown status of vaccination against yellow fever.

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The sample collected on November 22, 2022 was positive for an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test in Guinea (Conakry) on December 2, 2022.

A confirmation test was carried out in the laboratory of the Institut Dakar Pasteur on January 4, 2023 and the results of the ELISA and PCR test were received by the Ministry of Health on January 6, 2023 and confirmed the infection with yellow fever.

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

Symptoms of yellow fever (fever, chills, headache, backache, and muscle aches) develop 3-6 days after infection. About 15% of people infected with the yellow fever virus will develop severe illness that can lead to liver disease, bleeding, shock, organ failure, yellowing of the skin (jaundice), and sometimes death.

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There are no medicines to treat or cure yellow fever. To prevent yellow fever disease, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.



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