#Yellowfever: the #resurgence of a forgotten #disease (The Lancet, abstract)

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Yellow fever: the resurgence of a forgotten disease

Margaret Chan

Published Online: 23 May 2016 / Article has an altmetric score of 1 / DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(16)30620-1

© 2016 World Health Organization. Published by Elsevier Ltd/Inc/BV. All rights reserved.

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The possibility that a mosquito bite during pregnancy could cause severe brain damage in newborn babies has alarmed the public and astonished scientists. The Zika outbreak in the Americas shows how a disease that slumbered for six decades in Africa and Asia, never causing an outbreak, can become a global health emergency. The Ebola and Zika outbreaks have revealed gaping holes in our lines of defence: weak health infrastructures and capacities in west Africa and the demise of programmes for mosquito control in the Americas.

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Keywords: Research; Abstracts; Yellow fever; Global Health.

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A #YellowFever #Epidemic – A New #Global #Health #Emergency? (JAMA, extract)

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A Yellow Fever Epidemic – A New Global Health Emergency?

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Daniel Lucey, MD, MPH1; Lawrence O. Gostin, JD1

Author Affiliations: 1O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC

JAMA. Published online May 09, 2016. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.6606

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The worst yellow fever epidemic in Angola since 1986 is rapidly spreading, including the capital, Luanda. In Angola, the epidemic began in December 2015 and the laboratory-confirmed outbreak was reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) on January 21, 2016.1 Angola has had 2023 suspected cases and 258 deaths as of April 26, 2016.1 China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Kenya also have reported cases arising from infected travelers from Angola. Namibia and Zambia also share a long border with Angola, with considerable population movement between the countries. Similar to other recent epidemics, quick and effective action to stop the spread of yellow fever is the responsibility of the world’s health community.

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Keywords: Research; Yellow Fever; Global Health.

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