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Health officials in Uganda have launched a yellow fever vaccination drive in the north where an outbreak of the disease has caused 53 deaths and 224 infections in 10 districts since late 2010.

Almost a million people are expected to be vaccinated in the campaign, launched by Health Minister Richard Nduhura on 23 January.

The outbreak – affecting all age groups – was first reported in Abim district in Karamoja sub-region on 16 November 2010. Cases have been reported from several northern districts.

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