Risk of yellow fever spread in Democratic Republic of the Congo

According to the latest information, the on-going epidemic of yellow fever has resulted in almost 2,000 suspected cases of yellow fever with 95 deatHs, mostly in Kinshasa and Kongo Central. However, the situation remains concerning, as the outbreak has spread to 3 provinces. Given the extensive presence of the mosquito that carries this virus, the outbreak might extend to other provinces, in particular Kasai, Kasai Central and Lualaba.

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Advice For Travellers

There is a relatively high risk of exposure for the general travellers in the epidemic areas. Travellers can reduce that risk by obtaining a yellow fever vaccination 10 days before travelling. The yellow fever vaccination is mandatory for entry into this country. In addition, travellers should take all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.