The Epidemic of Yellow Fever

Although Angola has been battling an epidemic of yellow fever for months now, little attention has been paid to this health worry, particularly as the problem seemed contained. That seems to be changing, however, as rapidly escalating reports of cases in the DRC have caught regional attention. Not only does this deadly fever have the potential to spread in Central Africa, especially in countries like the DRC with loosely policed borders and little internal infrastructure of any kind, but the capacity of any country to fight this illness is quite low, as global vaccine stocks dwindle to almost useless levels.

It may become a race against time to manufacture the vaccine, something that should already exist in larger quantities than are currently available. The lack of vaccines is only one of the reasons that this epidemic, which could kill millions, was almost entirely preventable, once again highlighting the near absolute lack of health systems in much of the developing world.

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