UPDATE 1-"Not out of the woods yet" in yellow fever outbreak in Angola, Congo - WHO

miércoles 31 de agosto de 2016 16:49 GYT

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By Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA Aug 31 (Reuters) - Some 6,000 people in Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo may be infected with yellow fever, six times the number of confirmed cases, but no new infections have been found since July 12, an "extremely positive" trend, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

The looming rainy season has raised fears of further spread of the worst outbreak in decades of the mosquito-borne haemorrhagic virus among unprotected African populations.

Some 7.7 million people were vaccinated this month in a major campaign in the "high-risk" Congo capital of Kinshasa, along with 1.5 million in other parts of the country, the WHO said. In Angola, 2.4 million people have been vaccinated, making 11.6 million in all.

"Although the yellow fever situation is improving, we agreed that this event continues to be serious and requires sustained measures, but does not constitute a public health emergency of international concern at this time," Oyewale Tomori, chair of WHO's Emergency Committee, told a news conference.

"We are not out of the woods yet," added the Nigerian professor.

More than 400 people have died in the former Zaire and Angola since December.

Intense population movements across the border to neighbouring Republic of Congo pose a risk of further spread, the WHO panel of independent experts said.   Continuación...