27 April 2016
The World Health Organization has continued making steps to curb the outbreak of Yellow fever in Angola. In this light, it has reminded all travelers to the country that they are required to receive the yellow fever vaccination and to have a valid certificate of vaccination to prove that they are protected from the disease and to prevent its further spread. However, the organization has not restricted travel to Angola based on this.
The outbreak began in December 2015 with 1975 cases reported so far, while 258 deaths have been recorded. The Director-General of WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan has said that “cases of yellow fever linked to this outbreak have been detected in other countries of Africa and Asia. We are particularly concerned that large urban areas are at risk and we strongly urge all travelers to Angola to ensure they are vaccinated against yellow fever and carry a valid certificate”.
Yellow fever is spread by infected mosquitoes, particularly the Aedes mosquito. It is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease. There is currently no specific treatment. A single dose vaccination will however provide protection for life and is both safe and affordable. It is effective 10 days after the date of immunization.