Yellow fever outbreak confirmed in Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has confirmed an outbreak of 6 cases of yellow fever, located in Lubao, Kamana and Ludimbi-Lukula. An emergency mass vaccination campaign to control the spread of the infection will begin on June 20th to cover at least 503,426 people.

Travellers to areas where there is a risk of exposure to yellow fever can reduce that risk by obtaining a yellow fever vaccination 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. A list of countries requiring proof of yellow fever vaccination before entering the country may be found at: http://www.who.int/ith/chapters/ith2012en_countrylist.pdf.

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