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Yellow fever in Nigeria (Update 5)

29 Jan 2018

The World Health Organisation (WHO)Link reported continuing transmission of yellow fever in Nigeria up to 19 January 2018.

A total of 367 suspected cases (including 45 deaths) have been reported from sixteen states: Abia, Anambra,
Borno, Edo, Enugu, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Oyo, Plateau, and Zamfara.  Thirty-three cases from seven states (Kano, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, and Zamfara) have been laboratory-confirmed.

Advice for Travellers

There is a risk of yellow fever in Nigeria. Yellow fever is spread by the bite of an infected, day-biting Aedes mosquito. Insect bites should be avoided. The disease is mainly found in rural areas of affected countries but outbreaks in urban areas do occur. Vaccination is usually recommended.

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.

For further information see Yellow Fever.