Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response

Epidemic and pandemic-prone diseases threaten public health security. These include diseases such as cholera, meningitis, avian influenza, and viral haemorrhagic fevers for which the region reports considerably high incidence and mortality rates. They can be responsible for high levels of disease and death and have a devastating impact on the economies of the Region.
The yellow fever outbreak in Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo ends

The yellow fever outbreak in Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo endsBrazzaville, 14 February 2017 – The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared the end of the yellow fever outbreak in that country today following a similar announcement in Angola on 23 December 2016, bringing an end to the outbreak in both countries after no new confirmed cases were reported from both countries for the past six months.

Communities at the heart of the fight against yellow fever in Angola

01 A social mobilizer explains the vaccination campaign Huambo is Angola’s second biggest city and the province with the largest urban population after Luanda province.

It is also one of the eleven Angolan provinces currently with confirmed local transmission of Yellow Fever cases.

01As of 2 June 2016, a total of 1 947 567 people have been vaccinated against Yellow Fever in the provinces of Kinshasa and Kongo Central. The vaccination campaign began on 26 May 2016.

Many people have rushed to get vaccinated including many people from districts that were not targetted for vaccination. This is good news because it means people understand the importance of vaccination. However, despite concerted efforts by WHO and partners and manufacturers, global vaccine stocks remain low.

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