Yellow fever from Angola spreads to Democratic Republic of the Congo

Thirteen cases of yellow fever have been reported in the Bas Congo Province. Six of them have died. Ten of the cases travelled from the site of the Angola outbreak, but the remaining 3 appear to have acquired their infections from local infected mosquitoes.

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Advice For Travellers

While the risk for travellers is low, the 3 patients who became infected locally may indicate the beginning of an outbreak and thus a higher risk in the affected area. 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. Travellers are reminded that many other countries require proof of yellow fever vaccination upon arrival for all travellers equal to or greater than 9-12 months of age arriving from a country where there is a risk of yellow fever.

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