Health authorities in the Savannah and Upper West regions have confirmed that yellow fever has killed a total of 25 people in the area.

According to the Ghana Health Service (GHS), nine more individuals succumbed to the disease in the two regions which shot up the numbers to 25.

Director-General of the GHS, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, said in a statement that 18 others are on admission.

He indicated the GHS has begun vigorous vaccination in the regions to control the spread of the virus.

“Following the report of cases in Savannah Region, other cases have been reported in Wa East District of the Upper West Region and reactive vaccination has also been initiated,” the statement added.

The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito.

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