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RKI in the Field: Fighting Yellow Fever in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo

In spring and summer 2016, the two African countries of Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo were facing a major yellow fever epidemic. The virus is transmitted by the Egyptian tiger mosquito (Aedes aegypti) which is indigenous to both countries. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the outbreak is now under control.
Staff from the Robert Koch Institute were supporting international efforts to contain the yellow fever outbreak. In August 2015, an RKI team set up a European Mobile Laboratory (EMLab) for yellow fever diagnostics at Kahemba, a Congolese city on the border with Angola. Back in May and June 2016, RKI epidemiologists visited the areas on behalf of the WHO and the European Medical Corps to assess the epidemiological situation and help prepare for mass vaccinations. The pictures taken by RKI staff trace the various activities in the outbreak area.

Date: 27.09.2016