Yellow Fever Warning
The Ministry of Health in Angola has reported an ongoing outbreak of yellow fever in Luanda Province. The government of Angola requires all travelers older than 9 months to show proof of yellow fever vaccination on arrival. In addition, CDC recommends that all travelers aged 9 months or older be vaccinated against yellow fever.
Source: Travel Health
What is yellow fever?
Zero US cases in 2015
Can’t be cured, but treatment may help
Spreads by animals or insects
Requires a medical diagnosis
Lab tests or imaging often required
Short-term: resolves within days to weeks
Yellow fever is spread by a species of mosquito common to areas of Africa and South America. Vaccination is recommended before traveling to certain areas.
Mild cases cause fever, headache, nausea, and vomiting. Serious cases may cause fatal heart, liver, and kidney conditions.
No specific treatment for the disease exists. Efforts focus on managing symptoms and limiting complications.