Responding to the threat of urban yellow fever outbreaks
Monath, Thomas P.
Date of Issue2016
Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
When in April, 2016, WHO declared the yellow fever epidemic in Angola a global threat, it was because yellow fever appeared in Luanda, the capital city of Angola, causing a rapidly spreading urban outbreak due to the massive movement of people to and from the city and easy access to international airports, with daily connections to Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Nearly 45 years had elapsed since a similar urban yellow fever epidemic occurred in Angola in 1971 (a smaller one occurred in 1988); in that interval, urbanisation has increased at record rates, with more than 62% of the population now living in urban areas.
The Lancet Infectious Diseases
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