An­gola de­clares end to yel­low fever epi­demic

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

LUANDA: An­gola on Fri­day de­clared the end of a yel­low fever out­break that killed at least 400 peo­ple, af­ter an emer­gency United Na­tions vac­ci­na­tion cam­paign cov­er­ing 25 mil­lion peo­ple. The out­break erupted in De­cem­ber last year in the slums of the cap­i­tal Luanda, spread­ing to 16 of An­gola’s 18 prov­inces and into neigh­bor­ing Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of Congo. Of­fi­cials said no new cases had been re­ported in An­gola since June af­ter the mass vac­ci­na­tion cam­paign was launched in both coun­tries.

The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) de­scribed it as the world’s worst yel­low fever out­break in a gen­er­a­tion. “Since June 23 that An­gola has not reg­is­tered new epi­demic cases of yel­low fever, ev­ery­thing is un­der con­trol and it is fin­ished,” Health Min­is­ter Luis Sambo told a press con­fer­ence in Luanda. Last month WHO said the out­break in An­gola and DR Congo was “com­ing to a close” af­ter more than 7,300 sus­pected cases and a vac­ci­na­tion ef­fort in­volv­ing 41,000 vol­un­teers.

There is no spe­cific treat­ment for yel­low fever, a vi­ral hem­or­rhagic dis­ease trans­mit­ted mainly by the same species of mos­quito that also spreads Zika and dengue. Yel­low fever vac­ci­na­tions are rou­tinely rec­om­mended for trav­el­ers to An­gola, though the coun­try had not pre­vi­ously seen a sig­nif­i­cant out­break since 1986. WHO has warned of fu­ture out­breaks in Africa due to in­creased ur­ban­iza­tion as trans­mis­sion rates are higher in densely pop­u­lated ar­eas.—AFP

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