WHO declares end to yellow fever outbreak in DRC Angola

2017-02-15 17:02
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Johannesburg - The World Health Organization has declared an end to the yellow fever outbreak that killed about 400 people in Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola, calling it "one of the largest and most challenging" in recent years.

The WHO statement on Tuesday says 965 cases were confirmed but thousands of others had been suspected.

Neither country had reported a new confirmed case in the past six months.

Angola in late December declared an end to its outbreak, and DRC made its announcement on Tuesday.

The global health agency said more than 30 million people were vaccinated in emergency campaigns to control the outbreak in the two neighbouring countries, which have among the world's weakest health systems.

"This unprecedented response exhausted the global stockpile of yellow fever vaccines several times," WHO said.

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