The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it has detected a new case of Yellow fever in the Democratic Republic of Congo, raising the possibility of a wider outbreak of the disease in the country.

WHO spokesman, Eugene Kabambi said that the new case was not an imported case from neighbouring Angola as other recent cases were.

“Measures are being taken to strengthen investigation around this case to prevent the spread, just as social mobilisation activities and surveillance are going on with WHO support,” Kabambi said in an email.

This was the second case of the disease transmitted inside the country, following a case in April, WHO said.

So far, there have been 52 laboratory-confirmed cases of Yellow fever in Congo, most of which were transmitted from Angola.

The disease has already spread to Kenya and China and there is an unrelated outbreak in Uganda generating fears of the mosquito-borne fever invading sprawling cities in Asia and Africa.

Author: Ope Adedeji