Yellow fever in Democratic Republic of the Congo; vaccine supplies depleted

Health authorities have declared that the yellow fever outbreak in Kinshasa and 2 other provinces (Kongo Central and Kwango) has reached epidemic levels. In Kinshasa, yellow fever vaccine supplies have almost been exhausted due to a global shortage of this vaccine.

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Advice For Travellers

The global stockpile of yellow fever vaccine has already been depleted twice this year to immunize people in Angola, Uganda and the Congo. Travellers to these countries and other African countries at risk for the extension of this epidemic should ensure that they are vaccinated at least 10 days prior to their arrival. There are no guarantees that travellers will have access to this vaccine after arrival.

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