More than 1,000 suspect cases of yellow
fever in DR Congo: WHO
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[June 17, 2016]
GENEVA (Reuters) - The Democratic
Republic of the Congo has reported 1,044 suspected cases of yellow fever
since March, including 71 deaths, up from three probable cases and 57
laboratory-confirmed a week ago, the World Health Organization said on
In the latest tally, 61 of the cases have been laboratory-confirmed
in the Congo, formerly Zaire, following importation of the
mosquito-borne virus from Angola, the United Nations health agency
said in its latest weekly update on the outbreak.
"The majority of these cases in DRC are male and they are mainly
aged 20 to 34 years. The male preponderance is likely to reflect the
gender of workers returning from Angola," it said. "Surveillance
efforts have increased and vaccination campaigns in DRC have
centered on affected zones in Kinshasa and Kongo Central."
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
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