Five months after a confirmed outbreak, Uganda is now yellow fever-free. Last week, the Ministry of Health announced that the recent outbreak has been fully contained, thanks surveillance work by the Public Health Emergency Operation Centre (PHEOC), supported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and mass vaccinations.
The Ministry of Health first received an alert of a suspected yellow fever outbreak in Masaka last March. A team of disease detectives from the CDC-supported Field Epidemiology Training Program were sent to investigate. The CDC-supported Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) conducted serology tests on samples from Masaka and confirmed the outbreak, and further tests by CDC Fort Collins (WHO Collaborative Centre for Yellow Fever) reaffirmed it.
With Uganda’s history of high-profile disease outbreaks in recent years, CDC has been supporting Uganda’s Ministry of Health in building its capacity to respond to infectious disease threats and elevate global health security as a national priority. In partnership with the Ministry of Health, the UVRI, and other U.S. Government agencies, CDC supports strengthening Uganda’s nationwide public health laboratory system, enhancing existing communications and information systems for outbreak preparedness and response, and developing the PHEOC, modeled after CDC’s own Emergency Operation Center in Atlanta.
CDC is proud to support Uganda in building its capacity to respond to infectious disease threats and improve the health of all Ugandans.