Yellow fever epidemic in Angola is worse than previously thought

Yellow fever infections continue to increase with reports of at least 250 deaths. The Luanda paediatric hospital has reported the deaths of 24 children with approximately 900 suspected cases seeking care each day. Although authorities have launched a mass vaccination campaign, the disease is overwhelming existing resources.

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Advice For Travellers

The situation in Angola is far from being under control and unvaccinated persons are at high risk of acquiring this dangerous infection. Travellers can reduce the risk by obtaining a yellow fever vaccination 10 days before travelling. In addition, travellers should take all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Travellers are reminded that Angola requires arriving travellers to show proof of yellow fever vaccination upon.

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