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Yellow Fever in Brazil (Update 1)

09 Jan 2017

On the 6 January 2017 a government reportLink (in Portuguese) from the Brazilian Ministry of Health advised that they has notified the World Health Organisation (WHO) of 12 suspected cases of yellow fever virus and 5 deaths.

The deaths were reported between 19 December 2016 and 5 January 2017 from the following 6 municipalities of Minas Gerais: Ladainha, Malacacheta, Frei Gaspar, Caratinga, Piedade de Caratinga and Imbé de Minas.

Investigations into other possible causes are reported to be ongoing.

Advice to travellers

  • A traveller's risk of yellow fever is determined by their general risk assessment e.g. country visited, length of stay, city or rural, activities etc.
  • Mosquito bite avoidance rules should be adhered to - the mosquito that spreads yellow fever bites predominantly during the day.
  • Yellow fever vaccine should be considered for travellers at risk.