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yellow fever disease

Yellow fever in Angola

Travel Health Notice

The Ministry of Health of Angola is reporting an ongoing outbreak of yellow fever, primarily in Luanda province.  The outbreak started in December 2015 in the municipality of Viana and has since spread to other provinces.

Yellow feverExternal link is a serious and occasionally fatal disease. It is caused by a virus which is spread to humans by infected mosquitoes.  Symptoms can include fever, chills, headache, muscle pain (mostly back pain), yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice), loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting.

Yellow fever transmission occurs in Africa and South America.  The government of Angola requires that travellers over 9 months of age show proof of yellow fever vaccination to enter the country.

The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that travellers get vaccinated against yellow fever and protect themselves from mosquito bites if travelling to Angola.

Recommendations

Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic, preferably six weeks before you travel.

  • Get vaccinated:
  • It is required that you get the yellow fever vaccine before you travel to Angola as this country:
  1. requires proof of yellow fever vaccination to enter (on anInternational Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis)
  2. has a risk of yellow fever transmission
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bitesExternal link at all times, as the yellow fever virus is transmitted by a mosquito that can bite in daylight and evening hours. This includes the use of insect repellant and protective clothing.
  • If you develop symptoms similar to yellow fever when you are travelling or after you return, see a health care provider and tell them where you have been travelling or living.

Extracted from “Public Health Agency of Canada”
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/tmp-pmv/notices-avis/notices-avis-eng.php?id=159