Urbanization Fuels the Spread

Blurring lines between rural and urban areas in Angola have helped spur the spread of yellow fever.

The roads and airlines that sprang up in the development boom following the country’s civil war facilitated travel from rural areas—where yellow fever used to be largely concentrated—to cities. Now, with 3,000 suspected cases in Angola, 1,000 in Congo, and more than 400 deaths, the current outbreak marks the biggest urban epidemic in decades. China has reported 11 cases imported from Angola, fueling concerns that Chinese workers will spread the virus in China, where the rural poor are largely unvaccinated.

Angola would like to vaccinate its entire population—but there just isn’t enough to go around.

The Washington Post

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