LUANDA, March 28 (Xinhua) -- A 10-member Chinese medical team started epidemic research and vaccinated over 120 chinese nationals working in Angola as part of the bilateral cooperation between the two countries to combat an on-going out-break of yellow fever in the African country.
The team, sent by China's State General Administration for Quality Supervision and Inspection and Quarantine, conducted physical checks over 200 Chinese in the clinic under the Group 14 of the China's Railway Construction Company in southern Luanda, and diagnosed one Chinese woman as a new victim of yellow fever which had killed at least eight Chinese working in the African country.
The team was expected to vaccinate Chinese against yellow fever and conduct education and prevention campaigns for Chinese companies working in Angola, and to carry out epidemic studies and evaluation of the impact of the disease in the country, said Jin Xia, a leading epidemic expert in the team.
At least 189 Angolans, in the capital city of Luanda alone, were killed by yellow fever, a disease transmitted by mosquitoes, since the first cases were reported in Luanda since the end of 2015. The disease is highly preventable by vaccination.
The Angolan government has ordered some 5.7 million doses of vaccine and vaccinated over 75 percent of the population in Luanda against yellow fever, while vaccination campaigns were conducted in other provinces, according to local press reports.