Angola’s Yellow Fever Outbreak Is Threat To The World: WHO

The yellow fever outbreak in Angola since December 2015 now seems to be a threat to the entire world. Until now hundreds of people have died in the country. The mosquito-borne virus has been spread to 16 of its 18 provinces.

The virus was first reported in capital Luanda and World Health Organization (WHO) report reveals thousands are suspected to have been infected.

WHO writes 238 people have died out of it in past four months and the situation in Angola is concerning.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo 21 people have been reported dead due to yellow fever and it is believed the virus to have exported by travelers. People have also exported it to Kenya and China.

WHO added the spreading trend is concerning as large international communities live in Angola and they frequently travel to neighboring countries.

The yellow fever virus is carried by Aedes mosquitoes. The countries that faced with outbreaks of Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue virus earlier need to be careful as those may be the fertile grounds for the disease.

Meanwhile, WHO has called for strengthening the quality of response and also increase immunization of travelers while coming from affected areas.

There is no travel restriction to Angola but a situation of emergency has been advised.

WHO is monitoring the situation with the help of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and UNICEF.