Angola’s Yellow Fever Outbreak Death Toll Rises To 158 Amid Luanda’s Sanitation Crisis

Angola’s Yellow Fever Outbreak Death Toll Rises To 158 Amid Luanda’s Sanitation Crisis | Source: International Business Times, Mar 18 2016 |

A yellow fever outbreak in Angola that started late last year has claimed 158 lives, with a majority of the deaths from the disease occurring in the past month alone, the World Health Organization said Friday. Most of the victims were residents of the bustling capital Luanda, which has seen an increase in malaria, cholera and chronic diarrhea, due in part to deteriorated sanitation conditions.

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People walk past a pile of uncollected garbage in Angola’s capital of Luanda on Jan. 20, 2016. PHOTO: STRINGER/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

A yellow fever outbreak in Angola that started late last year has claimed 158 lives, with a majority of the deaths from the disease occurring in the past month alone, the World Health Organization said Friday. Most of the victims were residents of the bustling capital Luanda, which has seen an increase in malaria, cholera and chronic diarrhea, due in part to deteriorated sanitation conditions.

“This is an urban pattern of outbreak of Yellow Fever, and it is much more complicated to tackle and deal with,” Hernando Agudelo Ospina, the World Health Organization representative in Luanda, told Reuters. “The possibility of spreading out to other provinces or even to the all country is much higher than if it had happened in a rural area.”

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