The Jordanian Ministry of Health has instituted a campaign of smallpox vaccination in Amman as outbreaks of the disease continue in Bangladesh and Europe.
The Jordanian Ministry of Health has instituted a campaign of smallpox vaccination in Amman as outbreaks of the disease continue in Bangladesh and Europe. The vaccinations were underway in the Jordanian capital on Thursday (30 March) as hundreds of people queued outside government clinics.
The Jordanian Government hopes to vaccinate 80 per cent of the area's population who are over six months of age. The protection lasts for three years.
Although outbreaks of the disease have so far been confined largely to Bangladesh hand Yugoslavia, it has been reported that 16 cases of smallpox were discovered in Syria. Representatives of Syria, Lebanon and Iraq have held an emergency meeting to discuss ways of preventing the spread of the disease to their countries. The Lebanese Government has issued an order refusing entry through an airport to anyone isn't vaccinated against smallpox.
In Bangladesh, where 100 people have already died from the disease, scarcity of smallpox vaccine is hampering the fight against the killer epidemic.
The other major epidemic area is Yugoslavia, where five people had died by Friday (31 March) among 29 confirmed cases in Belgrade. The country' total death toll from the disease stands at 18, with the other outbreaks in a number of small towns.
Fears of new outbreaks have spread to the West German city of Hanover where last week it was discovered that a Yugoslav worker was ill with smallpox. Major vaccination programmes have bean initiated i Hanover as a result.
SYNOPSIS: This government clinic in Amman was as focal point on Thursday for a government campaign against smallpox. As outbreaks of the disease continued last week, the Jordanian Government initiated the vaccination campaign which is designed to give protection to at least 80 per cent of the area's population over six months' old. It's been reported that there've been 16 cases in neighbouring Syria.
An epidemic of smallpox has been ravaging Bangladesh, where 100 people have already died from the disease. A shortage of vaccine is hampering authorities.
Other serious outbreaks have been reported in Yugoslavia. Eighteen people are dead there with five in Belgrade alone. Health officials fear there may be additional cases. A case has already ben reported in the West German city of Hanover, where a Yugoslav worker came down with the disease.