WHO: Yellow fever outbreak is ‘serious and of great concern’

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The yellow fever outbreak in Angola

Debra Goldschmidt, CNN – Thu May 19, 2016

(CNN)The yellow fever outbreak in Angola is serious and of great concern, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

The WHO held an emergency meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on Thursday to review the latest information about the outbreak that began in December. The committee said the outbreak does not constitute a public health emergency.

“It does require intensified control measures but is not a public health emergency of international concern,” said professor Oyewale Tomori, chairman of the WHO yellow fever emergency committee.

More than 2,400 people have been infected since December, and 300 people have died. “This is a devastating disease with a high mortality rate and rapid spread,” said Dr. Bruce Aylward, executive director of outbreaks and health emergencies for the WHO.