In a follow up on the yellow fever outbreak situation in the South African country of Angola, health officials say the outbreak has grown to 434 cases of the serious mosquito borne viral illness and of these, 118 fatalities.


Seven out of 10 of the yellow fever deaths have been reported in the capital city of Luanda.

The first case of yellow fever was reported on 5 December 2015 in a Eritrea citizen in the district of Viana . Since then, cases have been reported from a number of provinces to include Bie, Benguela, Cunene, Cabinda, Huila Huambo, Malange, Kwanza Sul, Uige, Zaire and Kwanza Norte.

Two weeks ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Feb. 2, an immunization campaign was launched in Luanda. The campaign will initially cover a target population of 1,578,085 in Viana.

Concerning reports of fake yellow fever vaccines, on Friday, the general inspector for health, Miguel de Oliveira, said that fortunately in Angola there is no fake yellow fever vaccine, according to Angola media.