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Zambia and South Africa have resolved the standoff which demanded Zambians to carry yellow fever certificates on entry to that country, state broadcaster reported Wednesday.
All Zambian bound travellers on transit in South Africa will no longer be required to produce a yellow fever card certification within twelve hours of being in that country (South Africa),reported the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation.
“South Africa has agreed to give Zambian bound travellers up to twelve hours, in which they will not be required to produce yellow fever cards,” Zambia Health minister Joseph Kasonde told the broadcaster.
It reported that the move came after a closed door meeting between health ministers of both southern African nations.
|Fast facts about Yellow Fever:|
|Yellow fever||Viral infection transmitted by a bite from infected mosquito|
|Estimated cases per year||200 000|
|Deaths each year||30 000|
|How does Yellow fever spread||From mosquitos to humans, humans cannot spread yellow fever among themselves|
|Initial Symptoms||Fever and yellowing of the skin, chills, flu-like symptoms (muscle aches, headache, vomiting)|
|Third phase symptoms||Jaundice, Hepatitis, Internal bleeding, Vomiting blood, Shock, Multisystem organ failure|
|Treatment||No cure for the viral infection itself, medical treatment focuses on symptoms instead|
Dr Kasonde was quoted as saying even delegates to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation-UNWTO General Assembly, which will be co-hosted in August by Zambia and Zimbabwe will also be free from yellow fever control within twelve hours of being in South Africa.
Zambia and South Africa have had the issue outstanding for several months.
Date: 19 June 2013