Forty-two suspected cases of yellow fever (YF) were reported between October 15th, 2021, and November 3rd, 2021. Infection was proven by PCR at least in three blood samples collected from suspected cases.
The cases occurred primarily amongst nomadic settlers from the two districts of West Gonja and North Gonja in the Savannah region of northwestern Ghana (bordering Côte d'Ivoire). Eleven of the 42 suspected cases, including all three PCR-positive cases, died.
Consequences for travelers
Yellow fever is endemic in Ghana. The last outbreak was in 2016. The current outbreak once again emphasizes the importance of a yellow fever vaccination when staying in Ghana. Proof of a yellow fever vaccination is required upon entry into Ghana.