DRC Declares Yellow Fever Epidemic, Response Ongoing in Angola
On June 20, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) officially declared yellow fever an epidemic in the provinces of Kinshasa, Kongo Central, and Kwango, citing over 1,100 suspected cases of yellow fever since the beginning of the year (ReliefWeb/WHO, ReliefWeb/Govt. of DRC). Of the three provinces, Kinshasa is of particular concern for global health officials, as it is the country’s urban center and has a ‘densely-packed’ population of more than 12 million (Reuters).
The outbreak in the DRC is connected to an ongoing outbreak in neighboring Angola. In January, the World Health Organization received official notification of a yellow fever outbreak in Angola, with the first confirmed imported cases from the country to the DRC in March (ReliefWeb/WHO).
As of June 23, more than 3,200 suspected cases of yellow fever have been reported in Angola since the outbreak began (ReliefWeb/WHO). Mass vaccination campaigns are ongoing in the province of Luanda (where the first cases were reported), and are expanding to cover other affected areas of the country (ReliefWeb/WHO, ECHO).
Management of the yellow fever outbreak in both countries is being coordinated by national and international response partners, with pre-emptive vaccination in high-risk districts and border areas a key strategy (WHO). Yellow fever is a mosquito-borne disease transmitted by the same mosquitoes that spread Zika virus and Dengue fever. There is no specific drug to treat yellow fever, though it can be prevented by an ‘extremely effective’ vaccine (WHO).
RVA Country Profile: Democratic Republic of the Congo
This Week in Hazards
- Over the past few days, severe weather has been affecting parts of India, and causing a number of injuries and deaths (ECHO). Heavy rainfall is expected to continue throughout the week over much of the country, especially the northeastern and southwestern regions (NDMA).
- Heavy rainfall is also impacting North Sulawesi, Indonesia, causing landslides and flooding across several parts of the province (BNPB). According to reports from June 22, severe weather and high waves that disrupted transportation and damaged critical infrastructure also damaged hundreds of houses.
- According to media reports, on June 23, a tornado (accompanied by hailstorms, thunderstorms, and lightning) killed at least 78 people and injured hundreds in eastern China (CNN).
Current Hazard Warnings
Flood: Japan (Kyushu), Indonesia (Northern Sulawesi, Central Java), United States (Minnesota, Texas), Australia (Eastern), Myanmar, Guatemala, Honduras, China (Southern)
Drought: Micronesia, Melanesia, South/Southeast Asia, the Americas (United States, Peru), Africa (Tanzania, Kenya)
Wildfire: United States (Utah, California)
Extreme Temperature: United States (Southwestern)
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