WHO recommends yellow fever vaccine for travelers to Angola

The World Health Organization is urging travelers to Angola to get vaccinated for yellow fever.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is advising travelers to Angola to treat themselves with a yellow fever vaccine to protect against the virus and limit its spread.

Nearly 2,000 cases of yellow fever have been confirmed in Angola since December. Approximately 258 people have died as a result of the disease.

“Cases of yellow fever linked to this outbreak have been detected in other countries of Africa and Asia," WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said. "We are particularly concerned that large urban areas are at risk, and we strongly urge all travelers to Angola to ensure they are vaccinated against yellow fever and carry a valid certificate."

Though WHO officials stopped short of telling travelers they are required to have the vaccine, the International Health Regulations make that requirement official. The regulations are an attempt to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and require travelers without vaccine documentation to have a documented medical excuse.

Officials have been aggressively promoting yellow fever vaccination since February and have managed to get nearly seven million people vaccinated in that time.

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