Emergencies preparedness, response

Suspected Acute Haemorrhagic Fever Syndrome in Angola

17 March 2005

From January to 15 March 2005, 39 deaths of suspected acute haemorrhagic fever syndrome have been reported to WHO from Uige Province in northern Angola.

A task force has been put in place at the national level and laboratory samples have been collected for analysis. The WHO country office is supporting the Ministry of Health. Active surveillance and retrospective analysis is in place.

The WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) has alerted members of the AFRO rapid response network and staff from the AFRO Inter-country Programme for Southern Africa are planning to bring supplies of protective equipment for the investigation and management of suspected cases.