The World Health Organization (WHO) was informed of two additional imported yellow fever (YF) cases in China. The details of the cases are as follows:
The tenth imported case is an 18-year-old male from Fujian Province, China, who had been living in Angola. On 12 March, he had onset of fever and other symptoms, and visited a local hospital in Angola. On 27 March 2016, the patient traveled to Fuzhou City, Fujian Province, China via Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Beijing, China. He was afebrile on arrival in China. On 28 March, the patient sought medical care. Yellow fever infection was confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) at the Fujian International Travel Health Centre. Test results were corroborated by the Fujian Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The patient was hospitalized in Fuzhou and remains under treatment.
The eleventh imported case is a 29-year-old male from Jiangsu Province, China, who had been working in Angola. On 5 April, he had onset of fever and other symptoms, and sought medical care at a local hospital in Angola. On 9 April, the patient was reported to have tested positive for YF in Angola by PCR. He flew back to China via Dubai, arriving in Beijing on 10 April. On arrival, the patient was transferred by ambulance to a hospital. His sample was tested at Beijing CDC and found to be positive for YF by PCR. On 12 April, expert consultation organised by the Beijing Health and Family Planning Commission confirmed the patient as an imported YF case based on the epidemiological history, clinical manifestations and laboratory findings. The case is currently stable.
To date, a total of 11 laboratory-confirmed YF cases imported from Angola have been reported in China.
The Chinese government has taken the following measures: Intensifying multi-sectoral coordination and collaboration; strengthening surveillance, vector monitoring and risk assessment; enhancing clinical management of yellow fever cases; conducting vector control activities; carrying out public risk communication activities and deploying a medical team to Angola to provide yellow fever vaccination to unvaccinated Chinese nationals.
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