Yellow fever is a virus spread by mosquitoes esp Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same mosquitoes that spreads the Zika virus
According to UN World Health Organization there is an epidemic of mosquito-borne viral disease that has already killed 300 people in Angola in last 6 months. As a precautionary measure about 5.5 million people have already been vaccinated in Angola.
WHO alerts that the virus has already advanced to neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and China and cautioned that the dearth of vaccine supplies could potentially lead to a health security crisis if it escalates further in Africa and Asia.
All the emergency reserve of vaccines had ran out.
Drug producers universally manufacture just enough vaccines for routine immunization and this particular vaccine take around 6 months to produce, so there is a time lag in responding to a large epidemic like the current one in Angola.
As we (Indians) have never experienced a yellow fever epidemic, it is really a matter of concern and we should be ready with the situation, If arises.
What is yellow fever?
It is a virus that leads to bleeding, jaundice and kidney failure, It is spread by mosquitoes, usually the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same mosquitoes that spreads the Zika virus. It majorly occurs in tropical and subtropical areas. It can occur in males or females of any age. Yellow fever belongs to the Flaviviridae family.
Time for Indian Government to anticipate the surge of the moment and should urgently convene an emergency committee to mobilize funds, co-ordinate an international response, and spearhead a surge in vaccine production” or import one. Though there is no particular medicine for people who are infected but a vaccine can prevent infection from spreading.