Congo Yellow-Fever Outbreak Leaves Five Dead; 67 Cases Confirmed

An outbreak of Yellow Fever in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed at least five people since the start of the year, Public Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi said.

The country has identified 67 confirmed cases of the viral hemorrhagic illness, Kabange told reporters Monday in the capital, Kinshasa. All but two of the cases are suspected to be linked to an outbreak in neighboring Angola, he said.

“Congo is facing a localised Yellow fever epidemic” in the provinces of Kongo Central and Kwango and in Kinshasa, Kabange said.

Angola’s worst outbreak of the illness in three decades has left at least 225 people dead and spread to more than half of the country’s provinces, the World Health Organization said in April.

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