In Search of Vaccines

Vector control is a poor substitute for vaccines in a yellow fever outbreak, but despite 6,100 suspected yellow fever cases in Angola and the Congo—and 400 deaths—there’s been little else to show for the response so far.

Since December 2015, a vaccine shortage and bungled distribution have fueled increasing concern over the virus’s spread. “Many people believe that yellow fever in Asia is really just a matter of time,” said Bruce Aylward, ad interim executive director of WHO’s Outbreaks and Health Emergencies Cluster. Yet the regions most at risk are also the least vaccinated.

“If you wrapped a thick piece of yellow caution tape around the equator of a standard-sized classroom globe, you’d have a good sense of the major world regions at risk in this outbreak,” writes Emily J. Baumgaertner.
The Washington Post

 

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