AFRICA

Tanzania launches yellow fever vaccination amid outbreak

Hospitals to start vaccine administration to those traveling out of the country.

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•She has also called on Tanzanians to take precautions so that the disease does not get into the country.

•Hospitals to start vaccine administration to those traveling out of the country.

The virus responsible for yellow fever is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes or ticks
The virus responsible for yellow fever is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes or ticks
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Tanzania's health ministry has launched a yellow fever vaccination drive after an outbreak was recorded in neighbouring Kenya.

Minister Ummy Mwalimu has directed provincial referral hospital officials to start administering the vaccine to all those travelling out of the country.

Kenya's health ministry announced the yellow fever outbreak last week.

Fifteen people were reported to have contracted the disease and three people confirmed dead.

Ms Mwalimu has directed experts who are supervising health issues at borders to look at possibilities of issuing electronic vaccination certificates to deal with the challenge of fakes.

She has also called on Tanzanians to take precautions so that the disease does not get into the country and to ensure that the environment is clean to stop mosquitoes from breeding.