WHO: Nigeria set to vaccinate 25 million people, its biggest yellow fever campaign ever

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In September of 2017, Nigeria saw a widespread yellow fever outbreak that took the lives of 45 and infected over 358 individuals. As a result, the Nigerian government and the World Health Organization (WHO) began a campaign on January 25th, 2018 with the goal of vaccinating 25 million individuals by the end of the year. The campaign is part of a larger effort to eliminate yellow fever globally by 2026. Yellow fever is an acute hemorrhagic viral disease transimited by infected mosquitos that is most common in tropical regions of Africa and South and Central America. Despite Nigeria vaccinating three million people during the 2017 outbreak, the virus continued to spread to various regions. The WHO is deploying over 3,000 vaccination teams to help accomplish the new vaccination campaign. To read about the vaccination efforts, click here.

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