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Yellow Fever Strikes Angola

APR 07, 2016 | SARAH ANWAR

Recommendations on Travel to Angola

The CDC recommends that individuals traveling to Angola receive the vaccination at least 10 days prior to travel and obtain a signed and stamped International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP), or yellow card, which needs to be presented at an Angolan airport upon arrival. Those individuals over 60 years of age, as well as those with immunodeficiencies, are at high risk of developing adverse effects to the yellow fever vaccine and should contact their primary healthcare providers prior to receiving the vaccination.

As with most vector-borne diseases, individuals traveling to infected regions are advised to take the necessary steps to prevent infection. The CDC recommends that individuals refrain from wearing exposing clothing to avoid mosquito bites, as well as use EPA-registered insect repellents.

WHO Response to Yellow Fever in Angola

The yellow fever outbreak was declared a “grade 2 emergency” by WHO in February 2016, in accordance with the Emergency Response Framework (ERF). Of the 12 targeted municipalities, individuals in 6 municipalities have thus far received vaccinations. Three of the 6 municipalities which received vaccinations have reported approximately 90% vaccination rates in the population.

WHO reports that yellow fever transmission is still active among the unvaccinated population in Luanda and other regions of Angola. In addition, there have been documented reports of the spread of yellow fever in travelers from Angola to China (8 cases), Kenya (2 cases), and the Democratic Republic of Congo, however, these imported cases do not constitute an outbreak in the respective countries.
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