Alert – Yellow Fever in Angola

Read below to learn about yellow fever in Angola (Luanda Province).

Yellow Fever

Health Warning

Yellow Fever Warning

The Ministry of Health in Angola has reported an ongoing outbreak of yellow fever in Luanda Province. Accordingly, 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 the disease. (Source: Travel Health)

What is yellow fever?

Yellow fever is extremely rare. In fact, there were zero U.S. cases in 2015. Here are a few facts about the disease:
  • It is preventable by vaccine, but you cannot cure it.
  • No specific treatment for the disease exists.
  • Lab tests or imaging often required.

Symptoms of Yellow Fever

Mild cases cause fever, headache, nausea, and vomiting. However, serious cases may cause fatal heart, liver, and kidney conditions. Approximately 15% of the individuals who get the disease end up with serious health complications.

Important to realize, it spreads through animals or insects, and requires medical diagnosis. Most notably, it spreads from a species of mosquito in certain parts of Africa and South America.

Prepare for a Trip to South America or Africa

  • To protect themselves against the disease, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that travelers (to certain parts of South America and Africa) get the vaccine and prevent mosquito bites.
  • The CDC also suggests you receive the vaccine at least 10 days before your trip. Once you get the vaccine, you will receive an “International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis,” which is very important for you to bring on your trip.
  • Currently, efforts focus on managing symptoms and limiting complications. For more information on how to protect yourself against the disease, you may contact the appropriate U.S. embassy or consulate in South America or Africa.
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