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The World Health Organization (WHO) reports a total of 200 cases of suspected yellow fever in Uganda since the beginning of 2022 to 26 June 2022 with no deaths reported.

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There have been five total samples that tested positive by plaque reduction neutralization test (PRNT) at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), however, only one case from Wakiso District was
classified as confirmed after thorough investigation. The one case was confirmed in February and the unvaccinated, 49-year-old female residing in Wakiso district of the Central Region has recovered.

The 200 suspected cases have been reported from eight districts in five regions of the country. A national rapid response team was activated and deployed in March 2022 and subsequently all affected districts have been supported with their response to the disease including the activation of their respective district task forces.

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Among the total number of suspected cases, the majority (174,87.0%) had an unknown vaccination status for yellow fever. However, five suspected cases (2.5%) had been vaccinated and 21 (10.5%) were knowingly unvaccinated. A preventative mass vaccination campaign (PMVC) for yellow fever has been planned with implementation over the next two years which is expected to begin in October 2022. The campaign targets the general population of persons aged 9 months to 60 years and will be carried out in phases through October 2024.