May 25, 2018

WHO alerts on deadly yellow fever outbreak

WHO alerts on deadly yellow fever outbreak

Against the background of a deadly yellow fever outbreak in Angola, Central Africa, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned travellers to the country to get vaccination against the disease and carry a valid certificate.

Oyewale Tomori, a professor of virology, confirmed that “over 100 million Nigerians are at risk of yellow fever, but that getting a million doses of yellow fever vaccines is going to be a tall order.” At least 258 people have been killed and there have been around 1, 975 suspected cases of the mosquitoborne disease since an epidemic erupted in December 2015.

It has already grown to become the worst outbreak in decades. Among countries that are vulnerable are Senegal, Benin, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso and South Sudan. Others are Burundi, Cameroon, Togo, Central African Republic, Uganda, Chad, Congo, Republic of Cote d’Ivoire and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Also vulnerable are Equatorial Guinea, Argentina, Ethiopia, Bolivia, Gabon, Brazil, Gambia, Colombia, Ghana, Ecuador, Guinea, French Guiana, among others. Yellow fever is transmitted by the same mosquitoes that spread the Zika and Dengue viruses, although it is a far more serious disease with death rates as high as 75 per cent in severe cases requiring admission in hospital. Read more

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