WHO: Yellow fever outbreak kills 178 in Angola

Aedes aegypti mosquito
FILE - This 2006 file photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a female Aedes aegypti mosquito in the process of acquiring a blood meal from a human host. The The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, announced new guidance for doctors whose pregnant patients may have traveled to regions with a tropical illness linked to birth defects. Officials say doctors should ask pregnant women about their travel and certain symptoms, and, if warranted, test them for an infection with the Zika virus. The virus is spread through mosquito bites. (James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP, File)

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization says the worst yellow fever outbreak in decades has killed 178 people in Angola.

The organization said Thursday that more than 450 people have been infected by the disease since the outbreak was first reported in December last year.

It has been described as the worst outbreak in 30 years and spread from the capital Luanda to six of the country’s 18 provinces.

The WHO statement said that while 5.7 million people have been vaccinated against yellow fever, there is a global vaccine shortage. Half of the severely infected patients die within 10 to 14 days if they do not receive treatment.

Yellow fever is spread by mosquitoes, most commonly the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same species that spreads the Zika virus.

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