High risk of yellow fever outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo

At least 21 cases of yellow fever have now been detected in this country. Three of the cases were found in the capital Kinshasa. All of the infected people appear to be travellers returning from Angola where there is a major epidemic of this disease. Although there has been no apparent local transmission of this virus so far, the presence of the mosquito that transmits this virus increases the risk of a local outbreak.

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Advice For Travellers

The World Health Organization has stated that there is a high risk of an outbreak due to the high number of people moving between DRC and Angola, the high proportion of people susceptible to this infection and the presence of the correct type of mosquito which transmits yellow fever.

All travellers to this country should obtain a yellow fever vaccination 10 days prior to travelling.

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