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29 Aug 2018 | 05:39 AM UTC

Congo: Yellow fever outbreak feared

Health authorities confirm on August 28 one case of yellow fever, warning of possible epidemic; take precautionary measures

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Event

Health authorities confirmed on Tuesday, August 28, a case of yellow fever near the border of the Angola Cabinda enclave, warning of a possible epidemic. In all, 186 suspected cases have been reported so far in 2018 throughout the country, mostly in Pointe Noire. No deaths have been reported, however, health officials announced that active measures will be taken to prevent the spread of the disease

Context

Yellow fever is a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes. Symptoms generally appear within three to six days following infection and include fever, chills, muscle and back pain, vomiting, headaches, and, in more serious cases, hemorrhaging and organ failure. The vaccine provides lifelong immunity.

Advice

Individuals in or planning travel to Congo are advised to speak to a doctor regarding vaccination options, to carry a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate at all times, and to take measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites, e.g. by wearing covering clothing, using insect repellent, and sleeping under mosquito-netting or in an air conditioned room.

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