China suggests people traveling to Uganda take precautions against yellow fever

08:30, December 31, 2010      

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The Ministry of Commerce said Thursday that Chinese citizens who travel to Uganda should keep a close watch on the development of yellow fever, which has killed at least 40 people in the African nation.

Chinese-invested companies and citizens already in Uganda should also increase precautionary measures against the disease, the ministry said in a statement posted on its website.

The Ugandan health authorities recently confirmed the outbreak of yellow fever, almost 40 years after the disease was last recorded in the country.

Yellow fever is an acute infectious disease with symptoms including abrupt onset of headache, backache, fever, nausea, followed by higher fever, slow pulse, and vomiting of blood.

It is caused by a virus transmitted by several species of mosquitoes. Control of mosquitoes near cities and live-virus vaccines have made yellow fever completely preventable.

Source: Xinhua
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