The charity Save the Children he said that yellow fever is responsible for the deaths of nearly 500 people more than 2,000 more suspects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Angola cases.
attempts to bring the outbreak under control by vaccinating more than 10 million people in the DRC was to begin this week after delays due to shortages of vaccines and syringes.
The World Health Organization has warned the figures could rise to 10 to 50 times greater than the biggest to hit the region for 30 years outbreak.
Yellow fever is transmitted by certain types of mosquitoes and is found mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, South America and parts of the Caribbean.
Symptoms of yellow fever include high temperature, headache, nausea, muscle pain and loss of appetite.
However, around 15% of people go on to develop more serious problems such as yellowing jaundice of the skin and whites of the eyes, kidney failure and bleeding from the mouth, nose, eyes or stomach that produces blood in your vomit and feces.
The condition can be prevented with a vaccine and is a very rare cause of illness in travelers.
Six travelers from Europe and North America have died of yellow fever since 1996, but the NHS said none of them were vaccinated.
A campaign, supported by Save the Children, to vaccinate Congolese capital of Kinshasa will begin on Wednesday in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus through the population of the city more than 10 million.
Heather Kerr, Save Country Director for DRC Children, said: “There is no known cure for yellow fever and could go global
.” The mass vaccination campaign in Kinshasa should take place now so we can try to stop yellow fever spread by land and air to most cities in Africa and around the world. “
There are only seven million emergency vaccines available for mass inoculation, Save the Children says it is too few to cover the city, not to mention all the Democratic Republic of Congo.
emergency unit Health charity will be deployed to support the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo since about half a million people over 10 days is directed.
to reach the largest possible number with limited supplies, the campaign will use a fifth of a dose regular vaccine, which provides immunity muddle through for about a year instead of lifelong protection.
“we need to get urgently as many children and families we can with the supplies remaining, and this is the only way we can do that right now,” said Ms. Kerr.
” we can only hope that this will be enough to stop the spread of the epidemic any further. “.
In this outbreak, Save the Children around 20 percent of those who have taken have died WHO said:” yellow fever vaccine is safe and affordable and a single dose provides protection lifetime against the disease yellow fever. “
This comes after it was revealed exposure to the tropical dengue mosquito-spread virus may increase the risk ZIKA.