11 August 2016

Angola: fears yellow fever outbreak will spread

Thu, 11 Aug 2016


The number of yellow fever cases in Angola is expected to rise following an outbreak in December, and poses a potential threat to bordering nations.

“We are extremely concerned about the further spread of this outbreak, particularly to countries bordering Angola, such as Namibia and Zambia,” said Dr Adinoyi Adeiza, health co-ordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) for Africa. 
According to the IFRC, there could be more yellow fever infections as a result of the September rains in the country.
“Based on experiences from previous similar events, it is expected that additional cases will be reported. The reports of yellow fever imported cases in China, DRC, and Kenya demonstrate the threat that this outbreak constitutes to the entire world,” said a World Health Organisation report, published on June 10.