Yellow fever increases in Angola; outbreaks possible in DR-Congo and Uganda

The threat of yellow fever continues in Angola where slightly more than 2,000 suspected cases of this infection have been registered. Of these, 258 people have died. In just 1 week (ending April 24th), there were 115 new suspect cases and 8 new deaths. The epidemic continues principally in the capital city Luanda.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, there are reports of 37 yellow fever cases (16 confirmed by laboratory tests and 21 probable). All 16 confirmed cases previously travelled to Angola. The results for the 21 probable cases are pending. In addition, at least 2 probable cases acquired their infections locally in Kinshasa and in Matadi (Congo Central province).

The outbreak in Uganda involves 39 suspect cases reported in 7 districts, including Masaka and Rukungiri. Based on available information, this outbreak appears to be unrelated to the epidemic in Angola.

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Advice For Travellers

Given the present situation, all travellers to these 3 countries should obtain a yellow fever vaccination at least 10 days prior to travelling. All 3 countries require arriving travellers to provide proof of yellow fever vaccination.

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