Yellow fever cases drop in Angola - health sector

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Luanda - The number of the cases of yellow fever in Angola has sharply decline as result of vaccination campaign started in Viana municipality, the epicenter of outbreak of disease.

This was announced Friday by head of National Public Health Promotion Department, Filomena Wilson.

The health official also attributed the decline to intervention measures like active epidemiological surveillance, vector control, awareness campaign among population.

She also mentioned the mass vaccination of 11.3 million people in 9 provinces and 38 municipalities of Angola, as being among the factors that led to reduction of yellow fever.

The head of the Health Department also said that the vaccination campaigns covered between 81 percent and about 100 percent of the planned target population.

In Angola, she added, 291 suspected cases of yellow fever including 13 confirmed by the laboratory of the National Institute of Health were reported in the last four weeks.

This figure represents a considerable reduction compared to the previous four weeks, in which, the country recorded 541 suspected cases and 116 confirmed.

The official also said vaccination campaigns against yellow fever are underway in the municipalities of Soyo, Cuango and Chitatato as well as in the provinces of Zaire, Cunene and Uige.

On the other hand, vaccination campaigns are being prepared to cover 11 municipalities considered of risk in the provinces of Lunda Norte, Benguela, Cuanza Norte and Uige.