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Angola's worst yellow fever outbreak in decades

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>> I'm Ed Cropley, the Reuters bureau chief for Africa, reporting today from Rwanda and Angola. Where the government has been trying to get to grips with what is the world's worst yellow fever outbreak in the last three decades. Over my shoulder, you can probably see a very large pile of pretty stinky rubbish is finally being collected after what residents say is a month of just lying there on the streets.
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Now the reason it's been there is essentially because the government has run out of money to have rubbish collection services in the Capitol. This is because the government relies on oil exports for 70% of all their money. So when the oil price collapses, the government runs out of cash.
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That has eventually triggered the public health emergency in the form of a yellow fever outbreak. Now the worry being for the rest of world is that, not only in Angola, but it's now spread to Congo, Congo Republic. In fact cases relates to this in Kenya and as far away as China.
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The response to been a massive public vaccination campaign so far Health officials say they've vaccinated 10.6 million people across the country since January. And they're hoping to do the entire country of 25 million by the end of this year. This all depends on, essentially, whether there's enough vaccine in the world to go around.
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Normally, global stock piles are about six million. And if we get another major outbreak, say in Conshalsa, which has got maybe as many as 12 million people. Then there simply won't be enough vaccines available in the world to either carry on and not infect the result of Angola.
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Or to indeed to handle the outbreak and general population of the Conga.