DR Congo Declares Yellow Fever Epidemic

Aedes Aegypti Mosquito
Aedes Aegypti Mosquito

With 67 confirmed cases of yellow fever, the Democratic Republic of Congo has declared a yellow fever epidemic in three cities including the capital, Kinshasa.

Congo’s health Minister, Felix Kabange said at a news conference, “I declare today a localized epidemic of yellow fever in the provinces of Kinshasa, Kongo Central and Kwango,”

He went to disclose that five people have died so far and another 1,000 suspected cases are being monitored by health workers. Of the 67 confirmed cases, Kabange said 58 were imported from Angola.

Yellow fever is transmitted by the same type of mosquito (Aedes Aegypti) which transmits the Zika virus. Its symptoms include fever, headache, jaundice, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.

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