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With con­certed re­sponse, An­gola and the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of the Congo (DRC) have suc­cess­fully con­trolled one of the world’s largest and most chal­leng­ing out­breaks of yel­low fever, the United Na­tions health agency an­nounced. “We are able to de­clare the end of one of the largest and most chal­leng­ing yel­low fever out­breaks in re­cent years through the strong and co­or­di­nated re­sponse by na­tional au­thor­i­ties, lo­cal health work­ers and part­ners,” said Mat­shidiso Moeti, the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion ( WHO) Re­gional Di­rec­tor for Africa, com­mend­ing the un­prece­dented and im­mense re­sponse. Since it was first de­tected in An­gola in De­cem­ber 2015, the out­break claimed at least 965 lives in the two coun­tries, with thou­sands more sus­pected. WHO said more than 41,000 vol­un­teers and 8,000 vac­ci­na­tion teams with more than 56 non- gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions un­der­took emer­gency in­oc­u­la­tion cam­paigns, im­mu­niz­ing more than 30 mil­lion peo­ple. In the first six months of 2016 alone, the part­ners de­liv­ered more than 19 mil­lion doses of the vac­cine – three times the six mil­lion doses usu­ally put aside for an out­break.

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