yellow fever outbreak in dr congo

The World Health Organization (WHO) has verified the outbreak of Yellow Fever in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which has killed about 21 people.

The deaths are believed to have occurred in the first three months of the year and are linked to the outbreak of the disease in neighboring Angola. The WHO also claimed it’s more likely for the disease to spread acutely.

The disease has also killed 225 people in Angola and infected about 1,600. The WHO has said that health committees have been set up to alleviate and curb the spread of the disease.

aedes egypti mosquito

The Yellow Fever is spread by the aedes aegypti mosquito which is also responsible for the epidemic, Zika Virus.

People travelling to these yellow fever-stricken countries will be vaccinated to prevent their contraction of the disease. The vaccine is known to prevent falling prey to the disease, but once contracted, there is no specific drug that can be used to treat it.

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The DRC health ministry is also set on creating more effective plans that include community engagement and training of health workers to adequately prepare them for the fight against the pandemic.

Some Facts About the Yellow Fever

  • Yellow fever is a viral infectious disease that’s spread to humans from the bite of an aedes aegypti mosquito.
  • The disease can range from mild to life-threatening.
  • It’s called ‘yellow’ for the jaundice that’s usually prevalent in severe cases.
  • It is most common in the tropical regions of Africa and South America where the aedes aegypti mosquito can be found.
  • The symptoms of yellow fever include fever, headache, and muscle aches, with some patients going on to develop life-threatening complications.
  • It can be prevented through the use of yellow fever vaccines and mosquito control.

For more on the prevention of Yellow Fever, visit here.

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