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Yellow fever outbreak in Africa is 'serious,' but not yet a global emergency

Yellow fever outbreak in Africa is 'serious,' but not yet a global emergency

Outbreaks of yellow fever in central and southwest Africa have not reached the level of a global emergency, but a stronger response by affected nations and the international community is needed to prevent the spread of the deadly disease, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

An expert committee convened by the U.N. health agency in Geneva to weigh the evolving risk of the virus in urban areas of Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo and the status of the global stockpile of yellow fever vaccine determined “that the event does not at this time constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.”

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