South Sudan investigating suspected Viral Haemorrhagic Fever outbreak
South Sudan is investigating a potential outbreak of viral haemorrhagic fever (VHF) in Yirol East County and Eastern Lakes State.
Following reports of an outbreak in Thonabutkok village, Yirol East County, on 28 December 2017, a multi-sector response was launched by the Ministry of Health, WHO and health experts to establish the cause of deaths in three people and the reported deaths of some animals.
Suspected VHF outbreak
Health officials quickly responded to reports of an outbreak by identifying individuals who came into close contact with the three people suspected to have died from VHF to take blood samples and monitor their condition.
The investigation team is yet to confirm the source of the suspected outbreak but it says none of the close contacts to the suspected VHF deaths have developed any symptoms so far. Investigators also say that everyone tested for VHF – including Ebola, Marburg, Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever, Rift Valley Fever and Sosuga viruses – have been negative.
An additional team from the National Ministry of Health, Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries has been established to coordinate, monitor and supervise the response in Yirol East county. While public awareness has been heightened to ensure anyone who has suspected VHF symptoms to contact health authorities – or on behalf of anyone they know experiencing them.
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