According to a press statement by the Ghana Health Services published in local media, over the past four weeks, health officials have received reports of confirmed Yellow Fever (YF) cases from the Brong-Ahafo and Volta regions.

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A total of four cases with no deaths have been reported.

Three (3) are from Jaman South district in the Brong-Ahafo region & one (1) from Central Tongu district in the Volta Region.

Officials note there is no need to panic as the cases are confined to a few communities in the aforementioned districts, and previous widespread vaccination in 2011 in those districts provided most people with immunity against YF.

The Directorate General of the Ghana Health Service says the following containment measures and response actions have been done:

1. Public education on signs, symptoms and prevention.
2. Yellow Fever vaccination coverage in the affected districts has been assessed & found to be high in those districts. Preventive vaccination coverage was done in the affected communities in 2011 & Yellow fever vaccination protects one for life.
3. Planned selective reactive mop up vaccination in the affected communities / sub-districts.
4. Alert sent to all regions and nearby districts of the affected areas.
5. Surveillance has been enhanced across the country.