Nairobi - The World Health
Organization (WHO) on Wednesday said considerable progress have been
made to contain the yellow fever outbreaks in Angola and the Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC) following a meeting of WHO Emergency Committee
held in Geneva.
The Committee noted the concerted efforts and progress made by
affected countries and partners to contain the yellow fever outbreaks in
Angola and the DRC.
No confirmed cases have been reported in Angola since June 23 and in the DRC since July 12.
Despite there being no confirmation of cases in the Republic of Congo
to date, there was concern that intense population movements between
the DRC and Congo pose a risk of expansion of the outbreak.
The Committee was reassured to hear that the outbreak in Uganda is
now over, and the imported cases in China and Kenya have not led to
The Committee noted that the exceptional use of the fractional dose
strategy for yellow fever vaccination during the recent campaign in
Kinshasa, DRC, achieved very high population coverage.
After discussion and consideration of the information provided, it
was the view of the Committee that the current status of the yellow
fever outbreaks in Angola and the DRC does not constitute a Public
Health Emergency of International Concern.
However, the Committee concluded that the outbreak remains a serious
public health event which warrants continued national action and
Furthermore, the imminent onset of the rainy season will intensify
vector activity, thus raising subregional risks of yellow fever