Friday, November 23, 2007

Rift Valley Fever Update

As of November 22, Rift Valley Fever Virus is reported to have infected about 450 people in Sudan, killing 164. The RVF epidemic continues to exacerbate the population, incurring about 221 new infections in the past two weeks.

Normally, Rift Valley Fever is a fairly mild human disease with about a fatality rate of one percent; however in those infected who develop the hemorrhagic fever form, the fatality rate is significantly higher--around 50 percent, says the U.N. health agency.

Although Sudan was quick to alert the international community about the epidemic, the infection rate continues to grow.

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