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14 million people in central Africa to be vaccinated to try to halt yellow fever outbreak

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4559 (Published 17 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4559
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

One of the largest mass vaccination campaigns ever undertaken will begin in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) this week as health agencies attempt to halt a yellow fever outbreak.

The World Health Organization (WHO), alongside ministries of health in the two countries and other partners, will try to vaccinate around 14 million people in the DRC capital of Kinshasa and along the country’s 2646 km long border with Angola. Kinshasa has a population of around 10 million people, only 2 million of whom have so far been vaccinated against the disease.

WHO hopes the campaign will be over by the time the rainy season begins in …

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