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Angola yellow fever outbreak constitutes a potential threat for the entire world: WHO

A World Health Organization risk assessment has warned that an outbreak of yellow fever in Angola poses a potential worldwide threat.

On 21st January 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of Angola notified WHO of an outbreak of yellow fever. The outbreak has spread within the country and as of 7th April 2016, a total of 1,708 suspected cases, including 238 deaths (CFR: 13.9 percent), had been reported.

International spread of the disease has also been documented, with recent imported cases of yellow fever reported in China, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The WHO risk assessment about the outbreak reads as follows:

“The evolution of the situation in Angola is concerning and needs to be closely monitored. The reports of imported cases of yellow fever in China, DRC and Kenya demonstrate that this outbreak constitutes a potential threat for the entire world. There is a risk for the further spread of the disease in view of the large international communities residing in Angola and the frequent travel activities with neighbouring and overseas countries. Furthermore, all countries where the mosquito vector (Aedes species) is present are at risk, notably those endemic for or previously affected by outbreaks of Dengue, Chikungunya or Zika virus and other arboviruses. Therefore, there is an urgent need to strengthen the quality of the response in Angola and to enhance preparedness activities in neighbouring countries and in countries that have diaspora communities in Angola. WHO continues to monitor the epidemiological situation and conduct risk assessment based on the latest available information.”

WHO does not recommend any restriction of travel and trade to Angola based on the current information available.


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