Yellow fever threat still present in Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo

In spite of massive vaccination programs to stop the yellow fever epidemics, there are still reports of suspected cases of this infection in both countries.

In Angola, 31 of 46 suspected cases were found NOT to be yellow fever. The other cases continue to be investigated, while 2 new suspected cases were registered in Kwanza Sul province in the last week.

Suspected cases are also being investigated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Recently, 1 person infected with yellow fever acquired the sylvatic (jungle) strain, unrelated to the epidemic strain.

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Advice For Travellers

Although the epidemics in both countries are being controlled, there is still an ongoing residual risk of exposure for any travellers to these countries. Until vaccination is completed, there could be flare ups of transmission. Travellers to these countries 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.