The death toll in the ongoing yellow fever outbreak situation in the South African country of Angola, has taken a new dimension despite attempts to quell the outbreak as 125 persons were feared dead of the 664 suspected cases since December 30, 2015.
The hotbed of the serious mosquito borne viral illness remains the capital, Luanda, where 92 people have died, the health ministry said yesterday, February 26.
It was gathered that seven out of 10 of the yellow fever deaths have been n the capital city of Luanda.
The first case of yellow fever was reported on 5 December 2015 in an Eritrean citizen in the district of Viana. Since then, cases have been reported from a number of provinces to include Bie, Benguela, Cunene, Cabinda, Huila Huambo, Malange, Kwanza Sul, Uige, Zaire and Kwanza Norte.
The World Health Organization (WHO) had on February 2, launched an immunization campaign targeted at a population of 1,578,085 in Viana urged residents to sterilise stagnant water before drinking it.
WHO figures also show an estimated 130,000 cases of yellow fever reported yearly, causing 44,000 deaths worldwide each year, with 90 percent occurring in Africa.
There is no specific treatment for yellow fever, a viral hemorrhagic disease which is transmitted by infected mosquitoes and found in tropical regions of Africa and Latin America’s Amazon region.