Yellow Fever Outbreak
The yellow fever virus originated from Eastern and Central Africa. The outbreak was said to begin sometime in December and spread to 16 of the country’s 18 provinces. The Dominican Republic of Congo has started a vaccination campaign to stop the virus from spreading even further. There are more than 14 million people that have been vaccinated as of this week and in more than 8,000 locations.
The disease spreads through mosquitoes, and there are several symptoms, including muscle pain, fever, and headache. There are also severe symptoms that can cause the victim to die within ten days. There have been thousands of cases of the virus that have been confirmed, but the outbreak has slowed, and to completely shut down the virus there has been a vaccine campaign week.
Therefore, to officially complete the vaccine goal the Dominican Republic of Congo is coordinating with 56 global partners that are including the Red Cross and the UNICEF.