Yellow fever epidemic kills over 50 in Angola

    Yellow fever epidemic kills over 50 in Angola

    Feb 16, Luanda: Over 50 people have been killed by a yellow fever outbreak in Angola. According to the official statistics, this is the first epidemic of the disease to hit the country in 30 years.

    A total of 241 people were now infected, the southern African country's national director of public health, Adelaide de Carvalho, said. More than 450,000 people had been vaccinated in the capital of a target of nearly 1.6 million, Carvalho added.

    She said that the centre of the outbreak was the capital Luanda's eastern suburb of Viana where 29 deaths and 92 cases have been reported over the past six weeks.

    There is no specific treatment for the viral haemorrhagic disease which is transmitted by infected mosquitoes and found in tropical regions of Africa and Latin America's Amazon region.

    According to the World Health Organization, yellow fever symptoms include severe headache, nausea, vomiting and fatigue. The disease can enter a toxic phase in some people, leading to organ failure and death.

    Poor sanitation is being blamed for stoking the outbreak, by providing fertile breeding grounds for mosquitos.

    The Oslo Times