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Fri, 22 Jan 2016 09:16 - Updated Fri, 22 Jan 2016 09:16

Angola: Yellow fever kills seven people in Viana - Health minister

Luanda - The Health minister, José Van-Dunem, reported on Wednesday in Luanda that it was recorded 23 cases of yellow fever that resulted in seven deaths of Eritrean and Congolese citizens Zango I ward in Viana municipality.

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Health minister, José Van-Dúnem

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According to the official, who was speaking at a press conference, the 16 survivors, 13 were discharged and three are given special care. Among the victims, 22 are men and one is a woman, aged between 20 and 46 years old.

He said that the first case of yellow fever was recorded on 5 December 2015 by a citizen of Eritrea.

To detect hemorrhagic fever that affects the citizens of Viana, Jose Van-Dunem recalled that the Ministry of Health had sent three samples in South Africa and found that it was yellow fever, but still he stressed, it is awaited the final result of the tests sent to the laboratory of Dakar, Senegal, by the World Health Organization (WHO).

He assured that after the final result, the Ministry of Health will hold vaccination campaign in Viana, targeting firstly children, pregnant women, health professionals and finally the population in general.

The official explained that yellow fever is a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes that causes fever, muscle aches, loss of appetite, nausea and may lead to death.

This disease can expand nationally, if Measures must be taken to prevent and combat this disease so as to avoid its expansion nationwide.

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