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Vigilance still needed to contain Africa’s yellow fever outbreak, says WHO

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 01 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4756
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

Continued vigilance is needed to ensure that the yellow fever outbreak in central Africa is contained, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

WHO’s emergency committee for yellow fever met for the second time on 31 August and reiterated its previous decision that the outbreak in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was a “serious public health event, which warrants continued national action and international support.”

The committee said, however, that it did not constitute a public health emergency of international concern.

In a news conference, Oyewale Tomori, chair of the emergency committee and professor of virology at Redeemer’s University in Nigeria, said, “Although the …

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