Yellow fever epidemic worsens in Angola

In the past week, the yellow fever outbreak in Angola has increased significantly. More than 2,100 suspected and confirmed cases have been reported throughout the country. Of these infected people, 230 have died. The majority of the patients have been in Luanda Province. Although the World Health Organization has provided Angola with its entire stockpile of yellow fever vaccine (7.5 million doses), there is only enough vaccine for the Luanda area. China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya and Mauritania have reported yellow fever infections in returning travellers. However, there has been no secondary spread so far in those countries.

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Advice For Travellers

As the epidemic grows, the risk of exposure for unvaccinated travellers increases dramtically. No one should travel to Angola without a vaccination against yellow fever at least 10 days prior to their trip. In addition, travellers should take all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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