75 dead, scores at risk from yellow fever
LUANDA, (CAJ News) – THE deadly yellow fever continues claiming lives despite attempts to halt its spread.
The disease has killed more than 70 people since it recently emanated from Angola.
It has since spread to China, Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya.
As of June 13, the three countries had reported cases linked to the Angola outbreak.
An alert issued by DRC is under investigation by a joint Ministry of Health, World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Children’s’ Fund (UNICEF).
Two suspected cases of yellow fever earlier reported in Sao Tome and Principe were investigated and have been ruled out.
Another outbreak of yellow fever reported in Uganda and not linked to the Angola outbreak has been controlled.
As of June 19, 1 106 suspected cases, including 75 deaths.
As the carnage continues WHO will net week launch emergency pre-emptive vaccination campaigns on the DRC-Angola border and Kinshasa, the DRC capital, to halt the epidemic and prevent the risk of further international spread.
This will build on gains in preventive vaccination campaigns.
More than 15 million doses of vaccine have been delivered to Angola and DRC.
However, the urgent need to accelerate vaccination campaigns and the lack of sufficient funds for field operational activities, remain a challenge.
Yellow fever is a haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes.
If untreated, the disease claims life between seven and ten days from infection.
– CAJ News
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