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A Yellow Fever Epidemic A New Global Health Emergency?

Daniel Lucey, MD, MPH1; Lawrence O. Gostin, JD1
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1O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC
JAMA. 2016;315(24):2661-2662. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.6606.
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This Viewpoint discusses the yellow fever epidemic in Angola as well as in China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Kenya due to cases arising from infected travelers from Angola.

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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