Yellow fever control progress in Angola

A major yellow fever vaccination program appears to be succeeding in Angola. In the last 8 days, the number of reported cases has decreased from 157 to 79, and the deaths have fallen by 63%.

So far the outbreak has resulted in 878 suspected and confirmed infections along with 138 deaths. The centre of the epidemic continues to be the Viana Municipality, in Luanda. While there is no evidence of local transmission in other areas, there have been cases reported in the provinces of Benguela, Bié, Cabinda, Huambo, Huila and Kwanza Sul. All these cases probably became infected in the Luanda area.

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Advice For Travellers

Angola requires all arriving travellers to present proof of yellow fever vaccination. Travellers to areas where there is a risk of exposure to yellow fever can reduce that risk by obtaining a yellow fever vaccination 10 days before travelling. In addition, travellers should take all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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